Professor Gino Martini (EIPG Past-President) acted as respondent on the panel “New Models of Innovation for Affordable Medicines” during the meeting “Can EU citizens afford their medicines? The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe” in the European Parliament on Thursday 16th May.
The meeting included representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission, pharmaceutical and medical professions and a large number of non-governmental organisations. John Chave (Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union) and Aida Batista (European Association of Hospital Pharmacists) presented the results of their surveys on medicines shortages. Subsequently, the representative organisations for European community, hospital and industrial pharmacists issued a joint call for action by Governments, regulators and the European Commission to tackle the growing problem of medicines shortages.