“Can EU Citizens Afford Their Medicines?

The Economic Crisis & Access to Medicines in Europe “

16th of May 2013, 9:00 – 18.00

European Parliament, Brussels

Room Jan 4Q2

A meeting hosted by Mr Alejandro Cercas MEP (Spain, S&D) and by the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D Group).

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from Greece, Romania and Portugal have agreed to meet with civil society to find solutions to the increasing challenge of access to medicines in Europe. Organised in the European Parliament, this gathering will serve to assess the impact of cost-containment policies put in place in some EU member states with patients, health professionals, civil society actors, and academics from Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and the UK. Participants will debate which role new innovation models and instruments could play in ensuring the affordability of medicines.

Deborah Cohen of the British Medical Journal will moderate the morning session. The founder of the Medicines Patent Pool, Ellen ‘t Hoen, will moderate an afternoon session.

The seminar will bring together actors and institutions that do not traditionally meet or exchange ideas. One of the expected outcomes of the event is to develop recommendations to be put forward to multilateral institutions, ministries of finance, research and health. It is expected a significant press coverage and a high attendance from the public health community at large, health ministries, industry, health and NGOs, academics, think tanks and key health stakeholders from across the EU.

Mr Andrzej Jan Rys, Director Health Systems and Products at DG SANCO; Hugo Hurts, Director Department of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Medical Technology of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport; and Thomas Heynisch, Deputy Head of Unit for Food and Healthcare Industries, Biotechnology (DG ENT) will participate to discuss the impact of cost-containment measures on patients.

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We do hope you will be able to join us for this timely discussion.

If you would like to attend the event, please register before 5 May:

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