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European Federation of Pharmaceutical industries and associations

EFPIA Newsletter 27 May 2021


Access to Medicines - inequalities persist but solutions must be found in partnership

Published this week, the yearly EFPIA Patients WAIT survey, developed with the support of IQVIA, has found that across Europe patients can wait between 4 months and 2.5 years to get access to the same medicine. The accompanying analysis also presents clear data on the reasons behind variation, barriers and delays. Read more here




EFPIA ECPC and Diaceutics call for postponed application and phased implementation of the in...
26 May 2021

After careful assessment, and should the IVDR be applicable as of 26 May 2022, we believe that European healthcare systems... Read more

Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, EFPIA, and European Association for Bioindustries Call...
25 May 2021

COVID-19 highlights how the EU can adapt legislation to meet urgent health needs. A permanent exemption would help to... Read more

COVID-19 vaccine makers invite G20 leaders to support the five steps to urgently advance COVID-19...
21 May 2021

Immediate action must focus on stepping up responsible dose sharing and maximizing production without compromising quality... Read more


From our blog


Industry as a partner to strengthen healthcare systems after COVID-19 (Guest blog)
27 May 2021 - Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen, Head of Major Markets at Bristol Myers Squibb, discusses how the pharmaceutical industry has supported... Read more

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month: Rising to the Challenge of Bladder Cancer Care (Guest blog)...
27 May 2021 - Laetitia Decroix Guilloux

Although often out of the spotlight, bladder cancer ranks fifth among the most frequently diagnosed cancers Read more


Why are you #TeamVaccines?

For young people, getting vaccinated is a chance to see their family and friends again, and protect those they love. Hear members of the Healthcare: Youth Perspectives. EmpoweRed (HYPER) group share why they are #TeamVaccines here.




Lessons from the crisis: how a value-based approach can make health systems more resilient
17 June 2021 (Virtual event)

An event by the European Alliance for Value in Health Read more

AMR: how can we prevent the next pandemic?
24 June 2021 (Virtual event)

An EFPIA virtual event Read more


Catch up with EFPIA's latest videos

EFPIA 2021 Connecting Healthcare Awards:
Meet the project winners of the Connecting Healthcare Prevention and Awareness award: Breaking Depression, in our video interview:

EFPIA Virtual Events:
"Unlocking the potential of the European Health Data Space to improve diabetes management", rewatch the event here:


What we are reading


POLITICO Live “Health in the EU’s post-COVID-19 recovery”
On 27 May 2021 (Politico)

The pandemic has stress-tested healthcare systems across the EU. From hospital beds capacity and access to medical... Read more

If we forcibly remove patents on vaccines, we are killing a golden industry
On 21 May 2021 (Euractiv)

Instead of being sidetracked by the debate on waiving patents on Covid vaccines, the EU needs a new pharma strategy... Read more