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EAHP and others call on European Parliament to address concerns about medicines shortages
  1. Stephanie Kohl
  1. Policy and Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Stephanie Kohl, Policy and Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}

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Together with 40 organisations representing patients, consumers, healthcare professionals and public health advocates, the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has contacted the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee of the European Parliament. In a letter addressed to the ENVI committee’s chair, its vice-chairs and the group coordinators, the initiative highlighted their growing concern about medicines shortages and called on the ENVI committee to act.

Recent studies, such as the 2018 Medicines Shortages Survey by the EAHP and an investigation by France Assos Santé into the recurring difficulties of access to certain vaccines and medicines by French citizens, have shown that the problems caused by medicines shortages all across the European Union continue to accumulate. The undersigned organisations already highlighted their concerns to the European Commission in May 2019 and engaged in discussions. To further raise awareness about the increasing impact of medicines shortages on the quality and safety of care for patients, the initiative also decided to involve the European Parliament.

The initiative hopes that the European Parliament will play a crucial role in recognising and underlining the urgency of the medicines shortages problem by making it a political priority of …

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