24 September 2014 // The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) is organising a live streaming session from the European Health Forum Gastein. This session will bring together industry, policy-makers and international experts on emerging technologies that harness the use of real world data to improve patient outcomes and accelerate clinical development. The opportunities provided by robust data analysis and the current patient data activities in the EU 28 Member States will be highlighted.
19 September 2014 // President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has presented the new allocation of Commissioners’ portfolios. The appointment of the College of Commissioners opens a new phase for the European Union, one that will run from November 2014 through the next five years. As the executive body of the European Union, the European Commission is responsible for proposing legislations, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties, and the day-to-day running of the EU.
03 September 2014 // In 2009 IF together with partners launched Smarter Futures project to work toward preventing problems caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, that can lead to diseases such as spina bifida, impaired learning capacity, and decreased productivity. Flour fortification is one strategy for addressing such deficiencies because it delivers essential nutrients through staple foods. It does not require consumers to change their eating or buying habits. The aim of Smarter Futures is to improve health in Africa through the enrichment of wheat and maize flour with essential vitamins and minerals. The Dutch government contributed to the project and in its evaluation concluded that the Smarter Futures partnership for Africa and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Premix Facility were among seven projects rated as having “very good overall performance".