Medicines of the Future, How to sustain pharmaceutical innovation and improve access and affordability ?

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      The future of healthcare in Europe depends on its sustainability and flexibility. The European Union (EU) is responsible to approach sustainability through a cost-effective framework that should minimize inequality within and across national boundaries. Flexibility is a consideration of accessibility for all patients, including those carrying rare diseases. In both these objectives, quality is key. Quality in vaccines and other medicines solutions requires months, if not years, of research and development (R&D) coupled with extended periods of rigorous testing. These could be considered barriers to innovation, though these costs ensure that only the very best products are released to patients. However as competition in the medicines R&D decreases, success rates in the deployment of medicines also declines. This means European patients are left with fewer medicines and generally higher costs. The European Commission is acutely aware of the need to redistribute these costs while continuing to motivate large amounts of investment in R&D. The solutions explored in this issue of The European Files maintain patient involvement in innovation as central to a more effective medicines development policy…

      TABLE OF CONTENTS
      • Gearing up to address the challenges of future pharmaceutical innovation
        Chris Fearne, Minister for Health, Malta
      • Ensuring universal and affordable access to safe and innovative medicines
        Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
      • Citizens’ access to pharmaceutical innovations
        Dolors Montserrat, Spanish Minister for Health, Social Services and Equality
      • Keeping the focus on patients’ wellbeing – how regulatory tools can help patients in need to access new medicines earlier
        Guido Rasi, Executive Director of EMA
      • Towards a new concept: Value Informed and A ordable prices for medicines
        Lieven Annemans, Professor of Health Economist, Ghent University
      • EU incentives for Innovation in pharmaceuticals – especially needed for human antibiotics
        Peter Liese, (EPP Group), Member of the ENVI Committee
      • Paediatric Regulation – A Better Application for More Efficient Incentives
        Geneviève Michaux, Member of the Brussels and Paris Bar Partner, Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP
      • Paediatric Drugs: Improving Regulation for Better Application
        Glennis Willmott, MEP (S&D), Member of the ENVI Committee
      • Medicines play an important role in the lives of the citizens
        Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, MEP (S&D), Member of the ENVI Committee – Rapporteur of the European Parliament own initiative (INI) report on Access to Medicines.
      • Investment and incentives in 21st century pharmaceutical research in Europe: the cost of opportunity
        Paolo Morgese, Deerfield Management Director of Market Access
      • Vaccines and public health: how to find the right balance between access, a ordability and innovation ?
        Corinne Bardone Pharm.D, Head of Global Vaccines Public Affairs for Polio, Pertussis and Hib Vaccines – Sanofi Pasteur
        Richard Pilsudski Ph.D, Vice President, Head Global Regulatory A airs – Sanofi Pasteur
      • Reaping the benefits of healthcare biotechnology in Europe
        Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of Europabio
      • Delivering next generation of immuno-oncology therapies in managing cancer
        Hatem A. Azim, Medical Director Clinical Development, Innate Pharma
        Pierre Dodion, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Innate Pharma
      • European Reference Networks: a way forward in the treatment of rare diseases
        Françoise Grossetete, MEP, Vice-President of the EPP Group, member of the ENVI Committee
      • Open Innovation for a Strong R&D network
        Lieve Wierinck, MEP(ALDE Group), Member of the Committee ITRE
      • A tale of two horizons – patient access in the age of innovation
        Thomas Allvin, Director Healthcare Systems European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
      • The Innovative Medicines Initiative – putting patients at the centre
        Pierre Meulien, IMI Executive Director
      • Ensuring equal access and catering to the needs of patients in smaller EU Member States
        Andrey Kovatchev, MEP (EPP Group), Substitute of the ENVI Committe – EP Presidency Member (Quaestor)
      • Access to Quality Care: The Patients’ View
        Nicola Bedlington, EPF Secretary General
      • The Importance of Involving Patient Organisations in Health Technology Assessment
        Lydia Makaroff, Director, European Cancer Patient Coalition
        Francesco Florindi, Head of EU Affairs, European Cancer Patient Coalition
      • Increased transparency in development and pediatric medical research processes
        Nessa Childers, MEP (S&D), Member of the ENVI Committee
      • Incentive innovation and research in the medicines to boost the competitiveness
        Patrizia Toia, MEP (S&D), Vice-Chair of Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
      • Access to Medicines at Sustainable Price: Pharma Industry and Governments Transforming Challenges into Opportunities
        Jacek Glinka, Interview of Jacek Glinka, President, Medicines for Europe
      • What about access and a offordability of medicines in the WHO European region
        Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe
      • Should affordability come from the European legislator?
        Karin Kadenbach, MEP (S&D), Member of the ENVI Committee
      • Ensure that new treatments will reach patients equally in every corner of the EU”
        Cristian Busoi, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ITRE Committe
      • A positive agenda for better and affordable medicines in Europe
        Yannis Natsis, Policy Manager for Universal Access and A ordable Medicines, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)