Health News

Building a balanced pharma strategy 07-07-2020

 
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First insights into the Pharmaceutical Strategy Roadmap

As the European Commission launches the debate on the future Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, ESIP provided its first insights to the published roadmap. ESIP overall welcomes the Commission’s initiative and calls for a balanced approach taking into consideration both access to innovation that responds to unmet medical need and support to the financial sustainability of health systems.

Setting the path towards fair medicine prices 06-07-2020

 
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Joint statement of EU public health stakeholders

Current pharmaceutical prices are set at levels that come at the expense of the access for patients and the sustainability of healthcare systems. As a result, a reflection on fair medicines has gained traction over the past years. A coalition of 12 European and international organisations, including ESIP, put forward recommendations for the EU to reach fairer drug pricing.

Fighting anti-microbial resistance 23-06-2020

 
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A dual approach to protect public health

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), defined as “the ability of a microorganism to stop an antimicrobial from working against it”[i], is a growing global public health threat, with 30 000 patients in the EU dying annually as a result of infections caused by resistant bacteria, while antibiotic consumption in the EU almost doubled between 2010 and 2014[ii]. The European Commission is launching discussions on ways to tackle AMR and to address the lack of new antimicrobials, in the context of its upcoming Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe.

As a contribution to this discussion, the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) representing the statutory social insurances in 17 Member States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, would like to raise awareness amongst decision-makers of the importance of tackling the spread of AMR by improving infection prevention and control as well as increasing the development and availability of new effective antimicrobials inside and outside the EU.

COVID-19: Joint letter to the European Commission 19-03-2020

 
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Statement on the current developments of the COVID-19 pandemic

On 18th March 2020, the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) signed a joint letter addressed to the European Commission on the response at EU level to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The statement was co-signed by AIM (the International Association of Health Care Mutuals and Health Care Funds), CPME (Standing Committee of European Doctors) and HOPE (the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation).

ESIP, together the with co-signatories, welcome the ‘Corona Response Investment Initiative’ and offer their full support on the European Union’s efforts to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. While slowing down the spread of the virus, it is essential to ensure that healthcare professionals have access to suitable equipment and that patients receive appropriate treatment.  The discussion against vital medicine shortages in Europe remains important, in particular Europe’s dependency on single sourcing in the production and distribution chain of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

As European level representatives of the health care community, ESIP, AIM, CPME and HOPE remain at the disposal of the European Commission to provide any information and support they can in tackling this and similar health threats in the future.

Find out more in the statement.

For a true “Health in all policies” approach 03-03-2020

 
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ESIP gives its feedback to the Roadmap on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

The European Commission recently published a roadmap outlining the main aspects of the future Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. ESIP welcomes this initiative as a way to raise the profile of health at EU level and gave its feedback to the roadmap.

Tackling cancer: for a healthier future for EU citizens 04-02-2020

 
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ESIP's first comments on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

ESIP welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to raise the profile of health at EU level, in particular with the future Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. 

Public health at the core of the Health Partnership 13-12-2019

 
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ESIP with 42 other organisations call for a public health driven Partnership

Together with 42 other organisations representing patients, doctors, HTAs and other public organisations, healthcare payers represented within ESIP express their views on the future European Partnership on Innovative Health. 

Urgent need to apply new rules on medical devices 14-10-2019

 
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ESIP argues for no delay in application of the MDR

At the end of May 2017, after long and intensive political debate, the new European Medical Device Regulation (Regulation EU 2017/745; MDR) entered into force. Its main goals are to increase the safety of medical devices placed on the market, to raise the requirements for the clinical evaluation of high-risk devices, to establish transparency by implementing a central database that is at least in part publicly accessible, and to harmonise the quality of Notified Bodies throughout Europe.

Regulation on orphan medicines: a target for abuse 14-06-2019

 
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Adressing the market failures in the orphan medicinal products

At the end of 2017, the European Commission launched a joint evaluation of the legislation on paediatric and orphan medicinal products (OMPs). The European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP), welcomes the initiative of evaluating Regulation nº 141/2000 on OMPs and takes this opportunity to raise concerns regarding its implementation.

For an ambitious role of the EU in health 07-05-2019

 
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ESIP position paper on EU health policy

Within its strategic recommendations to EU leaders, the European Commssion stated that the European Union needs to support high-quality, affordable and accessible healthcare. In order to ensure that this is indeed the case, healthcare payers represented by ESIP put forward a position paper on the future health policy of the EU.