Susanna Palkonen together with some EFA members took part in the launch event of the ECC at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Glenis Wilmott. The new Coalition aims to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of COPD at European level in broad partnership, and presented its call to action at the event. The current members are the European Respiratory Society, the European Lung Foundation, BoehringerIngelheim, GSK, Pfizer and a new member announced at the event: the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, spearheaded by their Secretary General Catherine Hartman. Prof. Sylvia Hartl from ERS presented the results of their COPD Audit, showing unacceptable differences in access to care and rehabilitation in Europe.
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