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EAHP past President Roberto Frontini receives international award for patient safety efforts

28 Jan, 16 | by flee

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) extends its warmest congratulations to its past President Dr Roberto Frontini on receiving the prestigious Donald E. Francke Medal at the annual Mid Year Clinical meeting of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. The award was presented in honour of his international efforts to promote medication safety and improve patient outcomes.

 

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EAHP joins calls for Juncker to keep pharma responsibilities health focused

19 Sep, 14 | by ltempler

On announcing the team of Commissioner designates he wanted to include in his Commission team for 2014-19, Juncker included a controversial proposal to shift the responsibilities for pharmaceutical regulation and medical devices away from the Directorate General for Health (DG SANCO), and to place these roles into the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR).

EAHP joined with European associations representing community pharmacists (PGEU), doctors (CPME, UEMS) and dozens of patient and consumer organisations in calling the proposals misguided and seeking reversal of the suggestion. The 28 organisations believe that the public health focus and imperative in relation to pharmaceutical regulation and oversight could be lost, with DG Enterprise’s prime responsibilities being to commercial interests rather than public health.

The campaign to reverse Juncker’s proposal is led by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). More information here.

In the meantime, as previously reported in the EU Monitor, former Lithuanian Health Minister and surgeon Vytenis Andriukaitis is proposed to take the DG SANCO health portfolio. Meanwhile, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Elzbieta Bienkowska is poised to take the DG Enterprise portfolio, with expanded responsibilities for pharmaceutical legislation and medical device regulation.

Dates for hearings between the designate Commissioners and the European Parliament have now been scheduled, with Mr Andriukaitis appearing before the Parliament’s Health Committee on 30th September and Ms Bienkowska meeting with the Industry and Internal Market Committees on 2nd October.

EAHP and partners will brief MEPs on key topics of health concern in advance of the hearings in order that relevant issues tot he European hospital pharmacy profession may be raised and highlighted.

This information was originally published on the EAHP website and can be found here

Commission seek views on future of mHealth

20 May, 14 | by ltempler

The European Commission is appealing to stakeholders to respond to a public consultation on their Green Paper on mobile health. They especially seek comment on the barriers that are preventing the full potential of mobile health from being unlocked. The deadline for responses is 3 July 2014.

Topics of consultation include:

  • What specific security safeguards in mHealth solutions could help prevent unnecessary and unauthorized processing of health data?
  • What measures are needed to fully realize the potential of mHealth generated ‘Big Data’ in the EU while complying with legal and ethical requirements?
  • What good practice exists to better inform end-users about the quality and safety of mHealth solutions e.g. certifications schemes?
  • The potential contribution of mHealth in constraining and curbing healthcare costs in the EU

EAHP member associations will discuss potential policy in the area of mHealth at its General Assembly in Sofia in June, and make a response reflecting the agreed points from members at that meeting.

This information was originally published on the EAHP website. More detail can be found here 

EAHP Congress

26 Mar, 14 | by ltempler

The 19th Congress of EAHP began today with a key note speech from Professor Daan Crommelin,  scientific director of the Dutch Top Institute Pharma in Leiden also Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutics at Utrecht University. However before the speech began the delegates were treated to a performance from a local flamenco troupe to immerse everyone in the culture of this years host city, Barcelona.

Flamenco at the EAHP congress

Professor Crommelin will be summarising his speech and expanding on a few of the key points in a podcast for the journal which will be published on the homepage soon.

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