EU pilot on drug repurposing

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Drug repurposing (finding new indications for existing authorized medicines) is increasingly prominent in the debate about improving access to medicines.

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EU Calls for Proposal 2022

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Spurred by COVID-19 and rising challenges to the financial sustainability of Europe’s health systems, a flurry of new EU policies and programs in health has sprung up since last year.

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From Plans to Action: European Cancer Summit

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November 17- 18 marks the first anniversary of EHA’s membership to the European Cancer Organisation (ECO), as well as the event dates for the 2021 European Cancer Summit. The summit brings together the European cancer community: oncology experts, experienced patient advocates, opinion leaders, policymakers, and politicians.

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EU Calls for proposal 2021

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Spurred by COVID-19 and rising challenges to the financial sustainability of Europe’s health systems, a flurry of new EU policies and programs in health has sprung up since last year. Some of the most eye-catching initiatives are highly relevant for hematology: the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the Pharmaceutical Strategy and the European Health Data Space.

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Help disseminate IVDR Questionnaire - Share with diagnostic laboratories in your...

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The new EU Regulation on in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR) will come into full effect per May 26, 2022 and will have substantial consequences for diagnostic laboratories.

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EHA has joined the European Cancer Organisation - a perfect match on objectives ...

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The European Hematology Association (EHA) has joined the European Cancer Organisation, a not-for-profit federation of organizations working in cancer at the European level. EHA’s membership application was approved by the General Assembly of the European Cancer Organisation on November 18, 2020.

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Reducing bureaucracy in clinical trials: now is the time!

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Excessive administrative demands lead to rising costs and complexity, stagnation of clinical research in Europe, fewer academic clinical trials and limited access to innovative treatments.

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Call for urgent action on medicine shortages in Europe

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EPHA published a position paper on medicine shortages in Europe. EHA welcomes its  recommendations to address the increasing shortages crisis, which threatens patient outcomes and patient safety.

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ATMPs and CAR-T: the uptake challenge

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Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) are a game changer for improving the lives of patients with severe to life-threatening diseases. Yet, despite fast-paced innovation in the field, few ATMPs have reached the EU market and benefited patients. The challenges facing their adoption by health systems are complex. A test case is the uptake of CAR T-cell therapy; what are the hurdles and what action is needed from stakeholders?

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EU health policy: limited scope, high ambition

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While health policy remains the primary responsibility of Member States, in many areas the added value of EU-level collaboration and harmonization has increased. EU initiatives in health have shown a mixed record in terms of impact, but hopes are high for the latest one, the ambitious Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

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Revising the ICH Guidelines on Clinical Trials

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Clinical trials and drug development have become more complex over the years. One complicating factor is the increased administrative burden, as was pointed out in the previous edition of HemAffairs. Doctors and clinical researchers are more and more bound to rules they deem neither necessary nor effective. At first sight, the requirements for clinical trials seem clear and thorough. Nonetheless, the interpretation and implementation of these rules leave room for improvement.

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The past and future of the EU Blood, Tissues and Cells legislation

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Blood, tissues and cells (BTC) are used in medicine and in hematology on a daily basis. EU legislation has been in place for over 15 years to regulate those practices, and to ensure safety and quality standards for substances of human origin (SoHO). For instance, through technical and traceability requirements for BTC, the reporting of serious adverse reactions (SARs), and verification procedures for imported BTC.

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EHA’s Prof Jäger elected HCPWP co-chair

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On September 24, Prof Ulrich Jäger, former EHA President and current member of the EHA European Affairs Committee, was elected as co-chair of the Health Care Professionals Working Party (HCPWP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). He will lead the working party during its 2019-2022 mandate alongside Juan Garcia-Burgos, EMA’s head of Public Engagement.

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Without access to treatment, can we truly innovate in rare diseases?

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There have been many developments on rare diseases since the EU Orphan Medicinal Products Regulation came into force in 2000. As the European Commission is evaluating its effectiveness, EHA discussed with Prof. Giampaolo Merlini, Director of the Amyloidosis Research and Treatment Center and researcher at the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Pavia, how far we have come and what still needs to be done to improve access to treatment for rare diseases.

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COST Action ‘EuNet-INNOCHRON’

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The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is an EU-funded, intergovernmental framework that aims to create pan-European research networks in all science fields and promote excellence, foster interdisciplinary research and empower young researchers and innovators.

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