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Patients - Industry Dialogue
On the 22nd of September, the 10th Patients-MedTech Dialogue was held in Brussels.  The event was jointly organised by the European Patients' Forum (EPF) and MedTech Europe. Patients and ind ...

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From the EFA Board
Our newly elected Board had an important meeting in Brussels at the start of September. New treasurer Sharon Cosgrove has initiated a review of financial surveillance and forecasting and new reports ...

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EU pharmaceutical regulation celebrates 50 years
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first law on the authorisation of pharmaceuticals at EU level.  This law set the basis for some of the key principles that are still valid t ...

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EU pharmacovigilance is still too complex
The new pharmacovigilance legislation, which came into effect in July 2012, was the biggest change to the regulation of human medicines in the European Union since 1995. On the 15th Septembe ...

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Registration open: Precision medicine in allergy symposium at Parliament
On the 14th of October EFA President Christine Rolland will speak at the “European need for precision medicine in allergy and airways diseases” symposium. The event is jointly organised by the Europea ...

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Making the case of COPD patients needs at ERS
Are you attending the European Respiratory Society Congress 2015? Let’s meet up! This year we will be presenting our latest research on COPD care in Europe, that shows we are far from having harmonise ...

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We can curve down asthma – join us!
We invite you to the EARIP Stakeholder Workshop that we will be holding in Brussels next Tuesday the 15th of September from 15,00 to 17,00. The event will be built on the European Asthma Research and  ...

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Innovation, air quality and food labelling, the priorities to follow after the summer
It is been one year the Comission and Parliament started their mandates and until the end of 2015 this time will be translated into new policy developments important for patients. We will follow close ...

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EMA recommends more education materials on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended several measures to ensure that patients and carers use adrenaline auto-injectors successfully. Among the measures, EMA suggests introducting more e ...

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Information on herbal medicines will now be accessible to patients
From now on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will systematically publish summaries of the recommendations of its Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) on the medicinal uses of a herbal ...

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EFA brings the patients' perspective to the WHO Global Alliance Against Respiratory Diseases
Did you know that some time back the World Health Organisation decided to put spotlight on respiratory diseases, including asthma and COPD and established GARD - the Global Alliance against chronic Re ...

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Patients issue recommendations to improve EU cross-border healthcare
On the 2nd of July, EFA contributed to the European Patient Forum (EPF) conference on Cross-Border Healthcare an event that followed the discussions on the implementation of the “directive on the appl ...

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European Union launches new logo for selling medicines online
As from 1 July 2015, all online pharmacies or online shop selling medicines in the EU must display a new logo to show they are operating legally. The was introduced through the Falsified Medicines Dir ...

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Eurostat: Europe’s investement on disease prevention remains scarce
According to the latest Eurostat report on European governments’ investemnt on health, social protection is the area where countries expend the most in all EU Member States. Although its importance va ...

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WHO: The tobacco epidemic should be fought back with higher taxes
Tobacco-related illness is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Approximately 1 person dies from a tobacco-related disease every 6 seconds, equivalent to around 6 million ...

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First-ever ministerial meeting on plain tobacco packaging
On the 20th July, the Ministers and representatives of Ministries of Australia, France, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the Head of  ...

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The Riga Roadmap: a path to invest in health and wellbeing in Europe
On the 29-30th of June, EU Policy and Membership Officer Jelena Malinina attended the Universal Health Conference in Riga, Latvia, which was held to conclude the Latvian Presidency of the European Uni ...

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European Forum Alpbach Summer School
From the 19th to the 27th of August, EFA Senior Advisor and Young Gasteiner Roberta Savli took part in the Summer School in European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition organised by the Medic ...

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AirPROM: a virtual model of the lung now explained on video
This summer the EU funded project AirPROM has released a series of video interviews to explain how its virtual lung model to predict airways diseases work. The videos collect interviews with the proje ...

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RRI-ICT: enhancing responsibility in technological research
DG CONNECT and RRI-ICT Forum (Responsible Research and Innovation in Information and Communication Technology) organized the first RRI-ICT event on July 8-9, 2015 to discuss about how to enact a respo ...

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