14 July 2020

Pharma group Aspen accepts to cut prices of cancer drugs

BEUC applauds the EU Commission for achieving that pharma company Aspen is now ready to lower the price of certain anti-cancer drugs by on average 73% in Europe for the next 10 years. Today’s commitments come after the EU Commission opened an antitrust investigation in May 2017 into whether Aspen breached EU antitrust rules’ ban on dominant companies imposing unfair prices.
08 April 2020

COVID-19 is a wake-up call to end sky-high medicine prices

The current pandemic is a stress test for our health care systems and sky-high medicines prices are one of the problems that need solving. As vaccines, testing kits and treatments are urgently needed to tackle COVID-19, BEUC urges the EU to ensure that public funding into treatment research results in medicines that are affordable to all. Experience shows that public investment in medicines research − such as cancer drugs − does not always ensure fair prices.
13 March 2020

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As consumers are faced with a growing amount of information from different sources, we advocate for high quality and non-promotional information about health products.

The ageing of the population, rising healthcare costs and the economic crisis are challenging the sustainability of healthcare systems and consumers’ access to treatments.

Health scandals such as the weight-loss drug Mediator and the faulty PIP breast implants keep undermining consumers’ confidence in the safety of available health products and their oversight by the competent authorities.

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  • Ensure consumers have access to high quality healthcare in all EU Member States
  • Guarantee consumers benefit from safe and innovative treatments
  • Allow consumers to make informed choices regarding their health

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Senior Safety and Health Policy Officer
Pelle Moos
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Digital Health Policy Officer
Jelena Malinina
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Senior Health Policy Officer
Ancel·la Santos Quintano
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Senior Communications Officer
Pauline Constant
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Carmen Martin