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Can we afford our medicines? Seminar on access to medicines in Europe.

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Tuesday 11 Nov 2014

Seminar, 12 November – 12.30 to 3pm CET – Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe” –

Co-hosted by MEPs Nessa CHILDERS (S&D, IE), Beatriz BECERRA BASTERRECHEA (ALDE, ES), Kostas CHRYSOGONOS (GUE/NGL, EL), Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR) with the support of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), Salud por Derecho, Health Action International (HAI) Europe, Doctors of the World – Médecins du monde International Network, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM).

Please join the discussion on twitter using #a2mEurope. Also note that the event will be webstreamed live at http://greenmediabox.eu/en/live/can-we-afford-our-medicines


Access to medicinesHealth is a fundamental universal right and access to medicines is part of it. The EU and its Member states are committed to universal and equitable access to healthcare. Nevertheless, millions of European patients suffer from the lack of affordability of many life-saving medicines across Europe.

The debate will examine the status quo regarding access to medicines in Europe and explore policy recommendations for more affordable medicines. Possible solutions to be considered will be: new forms of pooled procurement, price and data transparency, cost-therapeutic benefit assessment of medical products and greater generic competition.

We shall also debate new biomedical R&D strategies that increase the social return of public investments and promote affordable health-driven innovation which “de-links” research costs from final medicine prices.