European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

The EFPC is an eligible member of the EMA Health Care Professional Working Party (HCPWP). EMA has a commitment to actively involve primary care professionals in its work to ensure that we can bring valuable knowledge from primary care into medicines regulation.

Primary objective: to create more attention among Primary Care professionals for a “rational and appropriate use of medicines at the community level”

Theme coordinator: Walter Marrocco

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The EMA needs to have access to data sources and scientific expertise in selecting and using methods appropriate to a wide range of quality, efficacy and safety questions and in understanding the evidence needed for regulatory decision making.

The EFPC can contribute to this by joint efforts and the EMA WG is leading in these efforts.

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Resistance levels still high in bacteria causing foodborne infections

AMR - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

Please note that EFSA and ECDC have published the European Union summary report 2019. It was accompanied by a news story “Resistance levels still high in bacteria causing foodborne infections", available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and the updated data visualisation. This interactive tool gives an overview of the situation of antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals and food across the EU. 

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Pharmacotherapy deserves collaborative action in Primary Care

AMR - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

see uploaded file Summary and conclusions Participants recognised the problem of the identification of oral antibiotics and several examples of patients describing drugs by their colour when discussing with health care professionals and asking pharmacists to identify medicines were mentioned. However, not all participants were aware of the extent of the issue prior to the roundtable meetings. While the (mis)identification of antibiotics was rec...

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INT. NGOS FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION EQUITY MEETING MINUTES 23 MARCH 2021

Vaccination - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

Interesting group gathering around the theme of vaccination equity with Prof Christos Lionis on behalf of the EFPC present Attendance: Luregn von Planta-IVSA Harris Lygidakis-WONCA Magid Al-Gunaid, GHD/EMPHNET Christos Tsagkaris-EST/SAC Samar Abdelnour GHD/EMPHNET Susana Paixao-IFEH Marta Lomazzi-WFPHA Marina Dorfmuller-EPHA Bettina Borisch-WFPHA Sean Taylor-FDI Hera Ali- IPSF Christos Lionis-EFPC Michael Moore- WFPHA Immunization T...

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European Medicines Agency call for tenders for the Quality, Efficacy and Safety Studies on Medicines

Research on Medicines - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

The European Medicines Agency has published today a call for tenders for the Quality, Efficacy and Safety Studies on Medicines. The purpose of this Call is to purchase the services of research organisations to perform pre- and post-authorisation quality, efficacy and safety research to generate data and information to support regulatory decision-making for human and veterinary medicinal products. As compared to the previous Calls, the scope of s...

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WPHA joint statement on Coalition of International NGOs call for Equitable access for vaccines and treatment during COVID-19 pandemic

Vaccination - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

Tomorrow, 4th March, will see the press release of the above joint statement including EFPC on equitable access to vaccines in teh COVID-19 pandemic. It will also be on twitter and I will post it here, please respond with your thoughts on how beyond the release of a joint statement EFPC can make a concrete contribution - I suggest we can collect case studies of best practice from across member countries that demonstrate working on the ground.

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Recent vaccination issues: for PHC WHO Europe 2030 Immunisation agenda

Vaccination - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

WHO Europe held a consultation with stakeholders on 9th February to consider the 2030 European Regional Immunisation Agenda Development. I represented EFPC at this meeting. There are three pillars to the immunisation agenda - Equity, Immunisation across the lifecourse and local solutions to local challenges. THese are underpinned by guiding principles: Data enabled Country owned PHC based Equity based People focused Innovation and research...

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EMA communication: Creation of a pool of people who have had personal and confirmed experience with COVID-19

Vaccination - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

Dear EFPC members, As an EMA eligible organisation, we have been approached by Public and Stakeholders Engagement Department, Stakeholders and Communication Division Following their call in 2020 to create a pool of people who have had personal and confirmed experience with COVID-19, the Public and Stakeholders Engagement department would like to ask for your help. They ask us once again to share this request with our members to join a pool of...

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COVID-19 vaccines for Palestinians

Vaccination - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

By Graham Watt, Rita Giacaman, Huda Zurayk, Espen Bjertness, Gerd Holmboe-Ottesen, Hala Ghattas, Iman Nuwayhid, Jennifer Leaning, John S Yudkin, Khamis Elessi, Richard Sullivan, Rima Afifi, Yousef S Khader and Harry S Shannon  Published online: January 28, 2021 in The Lancet  Israel is complicit in the increased vulnerability of the Palestinian population to COVID-19. Israel has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to secure the urgent a...

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Israel ought to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians

Vaccination - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

Israel has managed to administer far more first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the (relatively small) country continues to lead the world in vaccinations using the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines. The country has successfully rolled out vaccines to its citizens; however, that is not the case for the Palestinians. The Palestinian healthcare system provides healthcare services to as many patients as possible despite the lack of a stable...

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Combating conspiracy theories and misinformation

Vaccination - European Medicine Agency & Primary Care

Misinformation and conspiracy theories have pushed many individuals to doubt all information they consume from social media and politicians. A prevalent conspiracy theory is the COVID-19 vaccine theory, which many citizens are not convinced that is safe and effective. The European Commission is playing a supportive role to secure rapid access to COVID-19 vaccines for the Member States and their populations. However, this is not enough to encourag...

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