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So Who’s in Charge of Medicines in Brussels?

So now we know who is to do what on health issues in the new European Commission. Or do we? The furor that the new boss of the commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unleashed with the plans for his new team, weeks before it took office, is still reverberating around Brussels. Peter O’ Donnell reports on the […]
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Europe: More Direct-Acting Antivirals, More Controversy

The storms raging across Europe—and beyond—over the pricing of new hepatitis C treatments have been intensified by the European Union’s approval last week of the latest directly-acting antiviral, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Daklinza (daclatasvir). Just two months after the European Medicines Agency gave a positive opinion on the drug, the formal authorization was delivered for use in […]
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The European Parliament’s New Term: What Can We Expect?

As Europe departs for its annual holiday—sacrosanct, even amid the continuing economic woes, the multiple crises in the Middle East, and the dark mysteries of Russia’s intentions in its former satellites—the question remains unresolved as to what to expect from the new European Parliament in the new term. Philip Ward considers the options in this […]
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Europe's Mooted 'Passport for Physicians': Implications for Patients

Europe moved one step closer to a passport for physicians in early October. The European Parliament gave its backing to creating a virtual professional qualifications card that will allow doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals to practice in another EU country. The system also envisages an alert system, so that health professionals barred in one country […]
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European Pharma Gears Up for Horizon 2020

European Pharma Gears Up for Horizon 2020 The ink is not yet dry on the European Union’s Horizon 2020 agreement to invest some €70 billion ($92 bn) in research over the next seven years, and already contenders for funding are jostling for attention. Europe’s biggest drug industry association EFPIA scored something of a coup by […]
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