What Role Can Civil Society Play in the European Regulatory Process?

by ANCEL.LA SANTOS, Senior Policy Advisor

The formal engagement of patients and consumers in the pharmaceutical regulatory process helps ensure that important decisions about medicines take into account the thoughts and views of the people they most affect. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has a long tradition of this kind of stakeholder involvement.

Open Science for Health: Shaping the New Framework Programme

by JAUME VIDAL, Policy Advisor - Europe Health Action International (HAI) and Commons Network were joined last week in a packed room at the European Parliament by European Union lawmakers, policy-makers and other civil society groups to debate the challenges and opportunities ahead for the medical research and development (R&D) system. Open Science for Health [...]

New Dutch Government Must Ensure Transparency to Control Medicine Prices

by JAUME VIDAL After almost seven months of negotiations, The Netherlands has formed a new coalition government, which recently outlined its priorities and main policy objectives in its Coalition Agreement. On the whole, it’s good news from an access to medicines perspective—particularly pricing and procurement, which remain high on the government’s priority list. Some of [...]

HAI’s Research into Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodities Now in Full Swing

by BOBBI KLETTKE, Communications Manager

The methodology has been finalised. The pilot testing is complete. And data collection officials are trained.

Health Action International’s study into the price, availability and affordability of more than 30 sexual and reproductive health (SRH) commodities is now rolling out across all three of our study countries—Uganda,

Meet Callum Gunn: Our #InvaluableIntern & Rising TTIP Afficionado

Everyone’s heard about those internships where the main tasks are making coffee and copying and filing mountains of documents. Well, not at Health Action International (HAI)! Being an #InvaluableIntern here means you’re adopted as valued member of our team. With guidance from our staff, many of our interns conduct their own research projects on access to medicines and rational use of medicines topics to meet their course requirements.

Staff Spotlight: Molly Lepeska

Only when all pieces of a puzzle are assembled do you see a picture. The pieces come in different shapes and sizes, but each has a purpose—and missing one will leave an obvious gap. Only together do they form a greater whole.

Now and in the coming months, we’d like to introduce you to Health Action International’s most precious ‘puzzle pieces’: Our staff.

European Commission Appoints Health Action International to HTA Network Stakeholder Pool

By Ancel.la Santos | Senior Policy Advisor

Health Action International (HAI) was yesterday announced as a member of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Network Stakeholder Pool. The Pool has been established to facilitate contributions by a wide range of stakeholders to policy development related to HTAs in the European Union (EU).

We look forward to actively participating in future discussions and to supporting initiatives that strengthen the role of HTAs as a promoter of innovation,

Health Action International Launches Study to Examine Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodities in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia

by BOBBI KLETTKE

When 21-year-old Kissa Ojok became pregnant with her first child, she feared for her life. For years, she had heard stories from other women in her community, a rural village in central Uganda, about the pain, suffering—even death—that many before her had endured during pregnancy and childbirth. She had also heard,

Clinical Trial Data Transparency on Trial – EMA Under Pressure From Pharma Lawsuit

Thursday 1 December 2016 | Clinical Trial Data | |  Updated 22 December 2016

By Ancel.la Santos, Policy Advisor, Health Action International

For too long, pharmaceutical companies have endangered patient safety by providing biased information about a medicine’s effect on their users.

November is ‘Intern Spotlight Month’ at Health Action International

November is ‘Intern Spotlight Month’ here at Health Action International (HAI), when we shine a light on the interns who make tremendous contributions to our team and the work we do with their fresh perspectives, new ideas, intellect and vivacious spirit. Each week throughout the month of November, we’ll introduce you to one of our interns from the past year who’ll explain the research they conducted during their internship,

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