Tag Archives: European Commission

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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European Pharma Races to Catch Up with Data Protection

The European Union’s struggle to bring its data protection rules into the 21st century continues—haltingly—as the EU itself enters its new era, with a new European Parliament, a new President-designate of the European Commission, and a new European Commission due to take office in November. This has left the pharmaceutical sector, already out of breath […]
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Further Boost for Europe’s Largest Healthcare Partnership

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) has announced the launch of IMI2, with a budget of €3.3 billion (US$ 4.5 bn). IMI (the Innovative Medicines Initiative) is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and EFPIA, and was already the largest healthcare PPP in Europe. The budget for its first phase (2008-2013) […]
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European Pharma Policy Reaches "New Level of Timidity"

By Peter O’ Donnell, Applied Clinical Trials. The European Union has managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of opportunity once more! A long-heralded document portentously entitled “Pharmaceutical industry: a strategic sector for the European economy,” and supposedly initiating a new start in long-term thinking about boosting the drug industry, squeezes the thinnest and weakest […]
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EU Blocks Further Limits on Human Embryo Research, Backlash Hits

By Peter O’ Donnell, Applied Clinical Trials. A European bid to impose additional limits on research involving human embryos has been defeated. European Union officials decided last week (May 28) that there was no need to introduce new legislation in this area, since it is already regulated, and the existing policy received endorsement from the […]
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