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EU conclusions to make more balanced pharmaceutical systems
On the 17th of June, the Council of the European Union issued conclusions on strengthening the balance in the pharmaceutical systems in the EU and its Member States. The Council recognises the importa ...

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EFA statement on value and pricing of innovative medicines
EFA shares the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) view that health is a fundamental right for everyone and therefore medicines, which allow for this right to be fully enjoyed by all people, should not be  ...

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Treat the person, not the disease – Outcomes of the Personalised Medicine Conference
Personalised medicine is seen as part of a wider shift from disease-centred to person-centred healthcare, from one-size-fits-all, to individualized treatment and prevention. “To realise this shift, pa ...

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EFA calls for more and better public funding for patients groups
On the 30th of June, the Committee on Budget of the European Parliament voted an own-initiative report on public funding for non-profit organisations. EFA, the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) and other ...

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How to invest on health to improve patient access to care?
With 18 million patients declaring unmet needs on healthcare access (3.6% of the EU population), the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, an independent commissio ...

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European Commission warns about health impact of e-cigarettes
Tobacco remains the most significant cause of premature death in the EU, responsible for almost 700,000 deaths every year. The EU Tobacco Products Directive introduced new provisions regarding health  ...

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European Parliament fights illicit trade of tobacco products
In the EU, tobacco continues to be the most significant cause of premature deaths responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year. One week after the World No Tobacco Day, the European Parliament rat ...

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New air quality legislation approved in Europe
A deal on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive has been reached under the Dutch Presidency of the European Union between the Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU.  ...

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Take part in the Commission public consultations for patient-friendly clinical trials
In the month of June, the European Commission has launched four new public consultations on clinical trials. The consultations are on risk proportionate approaches, on the summary of the clinical tria ...

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eHealth Week: technology for a better life
The Dutch Ministry of Health together with the European Commission and HIMSS Europe organised from the 8th-10th of June the eHealth Week 2016 and EFA’s Giuseppe De Carlo took part. The event gathered  ...

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More investment for prevention – Conclusions of European Health Parliament
On the 29th June, we participated in the European Health Parliament (EHP) closing session to bring the perspective of allergy, asthma and COPD patients. The European Health Parliament is a platform, ...

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Welcome to Slovakia, new EU Presidency!
On the 1st of July, Slovakia took over The Netherlands in the rotatory Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For six months, the country will set the EU priorities and lead the discussions. ...

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EFA Capacity building 2016
For the third consecutive year, the EFA Capacity Building Project is about to start with the aim of leveraging members’ capacity to be involved in our projects and run their own projects and organizat ...

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How are asthma patients involved in science? Dominique’s testimony
“Our dream is to have a system that better supports us." Dominique Hamerlijnck, an asthma patient from the Netherlands, volunteer at EFA Member Longfonds, has been interviewed by MedTechEurope to expl ...

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Norway closer to adopt plain tobacco packaging
Thanks to public calls from patient organisations like EFA Member the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Foundation (NAAF), the Norweigian Minister of Health has sent to Parliament a proposal to adopt a new ...

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Indoor paint gets Danish blue wreath for the first time
For many years, EFA Member Asthma and Allergy Denmark has analysed indoor paint products to see if they met the standards of their blue wreath, a seal that enables allergic consumers to easily find if ...

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Building up an association for Georgian patients
On the 31st of May EFA met with Dr Maia Rukhadze from Georgia, who is a leading allergologist working in Tbilisi. Dr Rukhadze, a patient herself, is confronted with a steep rise on the prevalence of a ...

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AirPROM brings a promising scanning tool for respiratory patients
EFA organised the final event of AirPROM, an EU funded project that during five years has pulled out the best knowledge of lung research in Europe to come up with a virtual model of the human lungs. E ...

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World No Tobacco Day - Asthma, allergy and COPD patients want plain packaging of tobacco in Europe
Tobacco remains the main cause of preventable deaths and diseases, causing 700,000 deaths every year in the European Union. Yet the number of Europeans starting to smoke as young as 15 continues to in ...

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Energy efficient buildings, indoor air quality and people with respiratory diseases
People spend 90% of their time in indoor spaces so everyone is affected by poor air quality and pollution, but this has more negative effects for people with asthma, allergy and COPD as they are the f ...

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