International Call to Action to Alleviate Drug Shortages

AMSTERDAM – June 16, 2012 –The European Hematology Association (EHA), the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) joined today in issuing a common call to action in an effort to mitigate shortages of hematologic drugs in Europe, the United States and around the world. The collective made the announcement today following the EHA-ASH Joint Symposium at the 17th EHA Congress in Amsterdam which was dedicated to the drug shortage crisis.

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Professor Degos awarded at the 17th Congress of EHA in Amsterdam

Laurent Degos will be the fifth recipient of the Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented for the first time at the 13th Congress in Copenhagen. This award was established to honor outstanding physicians and scientists for their lifetime contribution to the advancement of hematology.

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José Carreras Award handed out at the 17th Congress of EHA

The EHA Board has selected Professor Jesús San Miguel for the José Carreras Lecture at the 17th Congress in Amsterdam. Jesús San Miguel is Professor of Medicine (Haematology), Head of the Hematology Department at the University Hospital of Salamanca, and Director of the Biomedical Research Institute of Salamanca, Spain. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of hematology, and specifically in the area of multiple myeloma.

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International Survey of T2* Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in Thalassemia

Amsterdam, June 15, 2012. “There is a large potential opportunity for saving lives by early identification of cardiac iron loading in Thalassemia patients”, declares Professor John-Paul Carpenter of the Royal Brompton CMR Unit in London at the 17th Congress of the European Hematology Association in Amsterdam.

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Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia: impressive results with the monoclonal antibody blin...

Amsterdam, June 15, 2012. At the 17th Congress of the European Hematology Association in Amsterdam Professor Max Topp of the University of Wuerzberg in Germany presents the impressive results with a bispecific antibody for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia patients.

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Evaluation of a single 1.000 mg iron dose as ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) for fat...

Amsterdam, June 15, 2012. Dr Micheal Hedenus of the Haematology Unit of the Sundsval Hospital in Sweden will present promising results on a study on a single iron dose for fatigue treatment in iron deficient women at the 17th Congress of the European Hematology Association in Amsterdam.

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How malignant cells in patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia escape T cell ...

Amsterdam, June 15, 2012. Dr Alan Ramsay will present findings of a study in patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia that will contribute to the design of immunotherapeutic strategies leading to the killing of cancer cells at the 17th Congress of the European Hematology Association in Amsterdam.

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Reduction of chemotherapy and PET-guided radiotherapy in advanced-stage Hodgkin ...

Amsterdam, June 15, 2012. “Hodgkin lymphoma has become one of the most curable malignancies in adults,” was stated by Dr Andreas Engert, Professor of Hematology at the University Hospital of Cologne in Germany. Results of the German Hodgkin Study Group (GHSG) HD 15 trial are presented at the 17th Congress of the European Hematology Association in Amsterdam.

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EMA Issues Call for Expressions of Interest for Drug Safety Studies

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a new Call for Expressions of Interest for Drug Safety Studies with a view to drawing up a list of potential contractors who may be invited to reply to specific invitations to tender in the future.

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Would you sell Peripheral Blood derived Stem Cells?

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine in January entitled ‘Selling Bone Marrow-Flynn v. Holder by Glen Cohen1 reports on a disturbing development in the USA. Cohen reviews a recent judgment by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit which held that a ban on selling ‘bone marrow,’ that is part of the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) of 1984,2 does not encompass ‘peripheral blood stem cells’. The judgment, according to Cohen, is based on the statutory interpretation of NOTA, not on the plaintiff’s more radical claim that the prohibition on selling bone marrow violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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EHA supports the European Medicines Agency's investigation into risk based quali...

In their Reflection paper on risk based management in clinical trials the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is aiming to describe the concept of risk based quality management in the setting of clinical research.

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Report "Haematology and the next European Decade"

EHA and the European Cancer Patient Coalition co-hosted a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on August 30-31, 2011.

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Horizon 2020: The European Commission proposes the successor to Framework Progra...

On November 30, 2011, the European Commission presented its proposal for Horizon 2020, the financial instrument for research and innovation funding  from 2014-2020. The €80 billion Horizon 2020 will replace the current (€51 billion) Framework Programme 7 (FP7).

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5th Focus in Paediatric Haematology-Oncology

A very successful 5th 'Focus in Pediatric Haematology-Oncology' course was held from October 23-26 in Sorrento in a small, friendly hotel with excellent facilities on the edge of the beautiful southern end of the Bay of Naples.

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Press Release "Crucial Directives must be revised to protect patients' interests...

The current revision of two European Directives that are crucial to successful research into blood-related diseases must ensure the safety of patients and enhance their access to vitally-important treatment.

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