Welcome to Conversations on EU Pharma!

The podcast created by Medicines for Europe that explores the off-patent medicines world.


Episode 2: On the way to equitable access to medicines in Central and Eastern Europe

The second episode of Conversations on EU Pharma will focus on equitable access to medicines for patients and how the path to timely access to treatment can be challenging. 

With a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and the consequences of the pandemic on healthcare systems, our host and honourable speakers exchange their views on thoughtful policy reforms to ensure equitable access to medicines for all patients across Europe. 

In this episode, our guests are Radu Costin Gănescu, President of COPAC (National Coalition of Organisations for Patients with Chronic Conditions of Romania) and Treasurer of the EPF Board (European Patients’ Forum) and Vera Pataki, Head of International Market Access, Egis and Chair of the CEE Network at Medicines for Europe. 

Our host is Adrian van den Hoven, Director General at Medicines for Europe. 

To learn more, consult our report Removing access barriers in Central and Eastern Europe: How can we ensure equitable access to medicines for all European patients? 


Thank you for listening to us. 

Please note that the episode was recorded before the Russia-Ukraine War, which is also impacting many Central and Eastern European countries.  


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Episode 1: Value Added Medicines: a patient-centric approach to healthcare

In our very first episode, we will talk about Value Added Medicines (VAMs) to understand what benefits they can deliver to patients and the whole healthcare community.

Our guests will be Monica Fletcher OBE, FERS, FQNI Honorary Research Fellow from the University of Edinburgh and Maja Sercic, Policy & Science manager at Medicines for Europe.

Kate O’Regan, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Senior Manager from Medicines for Europe will be our host.

If this episode piques your curiosity, visit the VAMs section on our website for more information.

To learn more about the benefits of VAMs for patients with respiratory diseases, check Monica Fletcher‘s publications and take a look at the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research  and at BREATHE – The Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health.


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