Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Second Eastern European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs

The conference will be carried out on 8-9 September 2006 in the beautiful town of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) under the auspices of the Bulgarian Ministry of Health. It is organized by the Information Centre for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs - a project of the Bulgarian Association for Promotion of Education and Science.

This event is a logical continuation of the very successful First Eastern European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs, which took place on 27 May 2005 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The aim of this first and very important conference was to raise governmental and public awareness in Eastern Europe on rare diseases and orphan drugs.

For more information: http://www.conf2006.raredis.org/mission.php

Friday, July 07, 2006

Online shopping for Hospital Pharmacists from EAHP

All Hospital Pharmacists, members of the EAHP (European Association of Hospital Pharmacists) can now purchase publications produced by the
ASHP (American Association of Health System Pharmacists) at reduced prices. This is due to an agreement between EAHP και της ASHP.

The EAHP, in co-operation with Frismedia and Bibit, done everything to make sure that payment by credit card can be done safely through this website and delivery to your address is guaranteed.


EAHP http://www.eahp.eu
EAHP Bookstore http://www.eahp.eu/asp/bookstore.asp?m=8
ASHP http://www.ashp.org/
Frismedia http://www.frismedia.nl/main.html
Bibit http://www.bibit.com/

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Hospital Pharmacies in the European Union

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) in colaboration with European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (Hope), published in 2002 a booklet under the title " Hospital Pharmacies in the European Union".

We give here the address from where you can download it because many of our colleagues are searching around the web to find it. We hope it will be a great source of information.





Monday, July 03, 2006

European Union gives boost to orphan drugs development

EU incentives for R&D on orphan drugs have proven successful, 22 new drugs have reached the market in five years. Patient organisations argue they cannot afford them.

More than 450 applications for orphan designation have been submitted between April 2000 and April 2005 and, of those, more than 260 have been designated and 22 have gone on to receive a marketing authorisation," concludes a Commission report on the impact of the first five years of the EU's orphan medicine regulation.

According to the Commission, the response to the orphan legislation, which provides for the pharma companies a 10-year market exclusivity for the orphan medicinal products, reduction of EMEA fees and support for R&D, has "far exceeded initial expectations".

Biotech industry has welcomed the report acknowledging the progress made, but states that "timely and equitable access for patients to the approved medicines remains an issue". It also claims that "additional economic incentives in most member states are still needed as some member states are delaying reimbursement of orphan drugs, thus limiting patient access to these drugs".

Eurodis, the umbrella patient organisation for rare disease patients in Europe, states that, often, when the products are available, patients cannot afford them, which is "not only inequitable because patient access to orphan drugs depends on the country where they live, but it is also totally unethical".


EU official documents

Commission Staff working document: on the experience acquired as a result of the application of Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 on orphan medicinal products and account of the public health benefits obtained (Document on the basis of Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 141/2000) (27 June 2006)
Commission Staff working document: Outcome of the consultation (3 June 2006)
Commission press release: Fighting rare diseases: 22 new orphan drugs in five years (26 June 2006) [FR] [DE]
Commission: Rare diseases
European Medicines Agency (EMEA)
CORDIS News: Orphan medicine legislation spurs on research, innovation and growth, claims report (27 June 2006)

Industry Federations

EuropaBio - European Biopharmaceutical enterprises joint press release: Orphan Medicines Regulation for rare diseases on the road to success (27 June 2006)


European Organisation for Rare Diseases (Eurodis): Improving patient access to orphan drugs in Europe (April 2006)