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10 November 2014
Public Debate:Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe
Public Debate: Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe
Date: 12:30 – 3 p.m. 12 November, 2014
Location: Room A3G-3, European Parliament Brussels, Belgium
Description: Although the European Union and its member states are committed to universal and equitable access to healthcare, millions of patients across Europe cannot afford many life-saving medicines. This debate will examine the current status quo regarding access to medicines in Europe and explore policy recommendations that could lead to more affordable medicines. Numerous potential solutions, including new forms of pooled procurement, price and data transparency, cost-therapeutic benefit assessment of medical products and greater generic competition, will be discussed. Biomedical R&D strategies that increase the social return of public investments and promote affordable health-driven innovation to ‘de-link’ research costs from final medicine prices will also be debated.
Registration: Registration is required and limited spaces are available. Please email your name, title and organisation to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 November, 2014. If you require a badge to access the European Parliament, please provide your full name, nationality, passport/ID number and date of birth.
If you are unable to attend, the debate will be livestreamed at http://greenmediabox.eu/en/live/can-we-afford-our-medicines.
Programme: (Light lunch)
Welcoming remarks by Kostas CHRYSOGONOS (GUE/NGL, EL)
Affordable access to medicines: the situation on the ground
Introduction by Beatriz BECERRA BASTERRECHEA (ALDE, ES) @beatrizbecerrab
Moderated by David Hammerstein @DaHammerstein, Senior policy advocate, TACD
- François Berdougo @FBerdougo, Secretary General of the Harm Reduction Working Group of Médecins du Monde @MdM_France
- Gonzalo Fanjul @GonzaloFanjul, Policy Director, IS Global Barcelona Institute for Global Health @ISGlobalorg
- Rohit Malpani @MSF_access, Director, Access Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
What can we do about the high cost of medicines?
Introduction by Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR) @MicheleRivasi
Moderated by Ellen ‘t Hoen @ellenthoen, Medicines Law & Policy.
- Jamie Love @jamie_love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) & U.S. Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee, TACD
- Teresa Alves, International Policy Adviser, La Revue Prescrire,
- Prof. dr. Graham Dukes, University of Oslo
Concluding remarks by Nessa CHILDERS (S&D, IE) @nchildersMEP
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
Organising Partners: TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue, Salud por Derecho, Doctors of the World – Médecins du monde International Network, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and Health Action International Europe
Supporting Members of the European Parliament: Nessa Childers (S&D, IE), Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE, ES), Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL, EL), and Michèle Rivasi (Greens/EFA, FR).
Check out this event’s poster here!