On 6 October 2015 the European Commission´s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), organized a workshop on Access to and Uptake of Biosimilar Medicinal Products.
The objective of the workshop were to gather all relevant interested parties in order to facilitate a multi-stakeholder exchange of information, experiences and reflection on the state of play and explanations for differences in market uptake amongst the EU Member. In particular, to give a floor for patients, doctors and payers to express their views on biosimilar related developments at European but also at national level and to stimulate an open discussion and explore needs for action and in particular with regard to further political activities and initiatives at European level.
EFCCA together with the European Patient Forum (EPF) was invited to represent the patients´ view and to ensure that patients´ voices were heard during the stakeholder discussions.
A panel discussion was dedicated to the patients´ perception and perspective on the issue of biosimilars.
EFCCA chairman, Marco Greco, opened the panel session with a presentation stressing the importance of good-quality information that meets patients’ needs. He also called for shared decision-making and patient-professional communication to increase trust and enable patients to make informed decisions. Several of the interventions from the floor highlighted the worries and concerns from patient in particular on the issue of switching from biological medicines to biosimilars especially when treatment had been successful with the initial treatment option. Representatives from the industries stressed the safety of the biosimilar products and argued that the competitive prices allowed for more access to the latest treatment options.
Photos from left to right:
Cornelia Sanders, from the German IBD association, DCCV, representing patients during the doctors panel discussion. Photo in the middle, Robert Johnstone, Executive Board member of the European Patient Forum (EPF), during the panel disuccion on patients´ perception and perspective. Photo on the right: audience.
Photo on top of the page: Marco Greco, EFCCA chairman (left) presenting his speech.
UEG Week Barcelona 2015
October 24-28, 2015, Barcelona, Spain
UEG Week is the largest and most prestigious meeting of its kind in Europe, and many consider it to be the best digestive diseases meeting in the world.
It has been running since 1992 and now attracts more than 14,000 people from across the world. It features the latest advances in clinical management, the best research in GI and liver disease and includes several different kinds of symposia and fora, where cutting edge gastroenterology and hepatology is being discussed. More info at: https://www.ueg.eu/
EFCCA will be present in the exhibitors hall.Come and see us!
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BAB - Biologics & Biosimilars Survey
The European Federation of Crohn´s and Colitis Associations (EFCCA) invites you to participate in this important survey on Biosimilars.
The purpose of the survey is to assess patients´ knowledge about biosimilars and to find out to what extent patients are aware of the issues involved around biosimilars medicines. The results of the survey will allow us to elaborate a common EFCCA position to effectively advocate for better patients rights with the medicine licensing authorities and relevant governments institutions.
The questionnaire consists of 14 questions and will require approximately 10 minutes to complete.
For Bulgarian, Greek and Serbian please follow this link and chose your relevant language.
This questionnaire has been designed in collaboration with Prof. Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet and his team - dept of Hepato-Gastroenterology CHU in Nancy.
Translations, technical tools and dissemination material are under unrestricted grant from Abbvie.
Results of the EFCCA led IMPACT survey have been published in the latest issue of the Journal Crohn´s and Colitis. In the article entitled "IBD and health-related quality of life- Discovering the true impact" some of the main findings from the IMPACT survey have been highlighted. The results of this survey can be used in defining strategic priorities and planning projects and awareness raising activities. The unmet needs of IBD patients can be better demonstrated and communicated to the public, health service managers and politicians.
The Journal of Crohn's and Colitis is the official journal of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO), and is concerned with the dissemination of knowledge on clinical, basic science and innovative methods related to inflammatory bowel diseases. The journal publishes original articles, review papers, editorials, leading articles, view points, case reports, innovative methods and letters to the editor.
The above mentioned article was written by Sanna Lönnfors in collaboration with Severine Vermeire, Marco Greco, Daan Hommes, Chayim Bell and Luisa Avedano.
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EFCCA is going to co-chair the Public Health Day on IBD to take place on 18 October 2014 in Austria on the occasion of UEG Week.
United European Gastroenterology (UEG) is organising this Public Health Day at UEG Week 2014 in collaboration with EFCCA, the Austrian Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis Association (OMCCV), Austrian Coeliac Society (OAZ), Association Of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) and IBS Support Group (ÖPRD).
Members of the public and UEG Week delegates are invited to attend this unique patient information event. Entrance is free of charge but registration is mandatory. This can be done in advance by email or on the day at the Public Health Day counter in the main entrance of the Austria Center.
This will be a unique opportunity for patients to hear directly from some of the world’s leading medical experts on the latest developments in Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Coeliac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There will also be an opportunity for patients to talk with medical experts and other patients and to receive information from Austrian patient organisations and support networks.
To register for this event, please email the full names of all those attending to:
Date: Saturday 18th October 2014
For more information about UEG Week please visit: https://www.ueg.eu/week/