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Health 07-05-2018

MEPs step up action to protect terminally ill workers in the EU

A group of EU lawmakers has taken the UK-led “Dying to Work” campaign to the EU in an effort to mobilise support for terminally ill patients across Europe, who face unfair treatment at work.
Health 24-04-2018

How patient groups could help tackle ‘fake news’ on vaccination

Patient groups play a crucial role in providing the right information and thus tackling fake news on vaccination, according to experts, who say this is increasingly necessary to restore confidence in this field.
Health 22-02-2018

Health care risks being forgotten in Brexit talks, industry warns

Health risks being forgotten in Brexit negotiations, potentially delaying the availability of new medicines and imposing large costs on manufacturers, public health leaders have warned.
Health 16-11-2017

Empower cancer patients to improve quality of life, say experts

A group of metastatic breast cancer experts has urged policymakers to empower patients with greater choice and participation in their treatment and care, to improve the quality of life of patients, their carers and families.
Health 18-10-2017

EU lawmakers push for better outcomes for metastatic breast cancer patients

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) kills half a million women in the EU every year, yet progress on the quality of life and survival time of MBC patients remains elusive. MEPs addressed the need to improve patient outcomes with a policy roadmap launched on Tuesday (17 October).
Health 05-07-2017

Drug agency relocation talks divide old and new EU members

The debate over where to relocate the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) after Brexit has divided the other 27 EU member states, despite calls for an urgent decision from the drugs industry and patient groups.
Health 03-03-2017

EU Parliament demands clarity in public funding of drugs R+D

A European Parliament resolution adopted yesterday (2 March) called for transparency and clarity of public funding on research and development of new drugs, claiming that in such cases public investment should be reflected in the price of drugs.
Health 31-10-2013

Private clinics deny patients treatment as Greece’s health system collapses

Greece's private healthcare clinics said on Tuesday (29 October) that they would not accept patients insured by the country's main healthcare facility, the National Organisation for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), because the organisation owes €800 million in private healthcare facilities, according to the newspaper Ekathimerini.
Health 23-10-2013

Parliament wants tougher medical devices control without extra burdens for SMEs

The European Parliament on Tuesday (22 October) voted to improve the control on medical devices via strengthened traceability rules and transparency of information for patients and medical staff, but without creating additional burdens for small manufacturers.
Health 06-09-2013

EU countries singled out for misguided healthcare budget cuts

While some cuts in national healthcare budgets may have improved the sector's efficiency, some doctors say EU countries' choices were often misguided and ended up harming patients.
Health 29-08-2013

Health experts critical of pharma industry’s new transparency rules

The European pharmaceutical industry association EFPIA has published new ethical commitments on clinical trials aimed at allaying accusations that a lack of transparency on how new drugs are tested is hurting patients. Critics however are unconvinced.
Health 03-07-2013

US doctors look with envy at Europe’s medical devices approval scheme

SPECIAL REPORT / The scrutiny procedure on medical devices in the US is so strict that American doctors say the system works against the interest of patients, leaving some waiting years for treatment that could save their lives. European doctors now start to worry that a similar system envisaged in the EU could have the same impact.
Health 02-07-2013

Patient groups: Safety first in new medical devices regulation

SPECIAL REPORT / Recent health scandals involving faulty breast implants and toxic replacement hips have illustrated the need to strengthen safety checks on medical devices in the EU, according to patient groups. A new EU regulation currently in the works must rectify this by putting patient safety first, they argue.
Health 01-07-2013

EU at crossroads on new medical devices legislation

SPECIAL REPORT / While the EU institutions, industry, health campaigners and doctors all agree that the European approval system for medical devices – ranging from contact lenses to pacemakers – needs to be updated, the way forward on how to do it leaves politicians and stakeholders divided.
Health 15-05-2013

Experts say cancer researchers must work together

Cancer diseases are becoming more complex and EU research institutes have to work closer together to identify diagnosis and define better treatment for the patients, experts say.
Health 22-04-2013

Parliament rapporteur proposes ‘US system’ for medical devices legislation

German centre-left MEP Dagmar Roth-Behrendt is proposing a centralised authority to approve medical devices before they are sold on the EU market.
Health 20-03-2013

EU hesitates to follow US approach on medical devices

The European Parliament and the Commission are at odds over proposals to create a US-inspired centralised approval system for medical devices, which supporters say would improve patient safety.
Health 08-03-2013

Health experts urge greater gender balance in clinical trials

Too few women are taking part in clinical tests to develop new drugs, putting their lives at risk as women's bodies react differently to medicines, health experts said ahead of International Women's Day.

€144 million earmarked for new research on rare diseases

The European Commission will provide €144 million of new funding for 26 research projects, with the objective to deliver 200 new therapies for rare diseases by 2020, the EU's executive announced today (28 February).
Health 28-02-2013

Parliament wants tougher legislation on medical devices

The European Commission has proposed a new regulation on medical devices in Europe, following the 2012 health scandal involving breast implants. But the new proposals do not go far enough, says the Parliament's rapporteur on the issue.
Public Affairs 14-01-2013

Drugmakers suffer decline in trust, report says

The overall corporate reputation of pharmaceutical companies declined in 2012 compared to 2011, according to an independent study by patients' organisations.
Health 23-09-2011

Tell people how to take pills, Commission urged

Health specialists urged  the European Commission to include provisions to its revised proposal for the controversial Information to Patients directive, expected for early October, so that patients are fully instructed on how to take medicine properly.
Health 11-05-2011

eHealth task force launched in Budapest

A new EU task force met for the first time on Tuesday (10 May) on the fringes of eHealth week in Hungary to assess the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) in health and social care.
Health 25-11-2010

Lawmakers tighten rules on drug information to patients

Patients should get better information on prescription drugs following a vote in the European Parliament yesterday (24 November) that aims to better educate consumers and protect them from hidden advertising.

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