EU Commissioner for Health’s Head of Cabinet replies to EAP concerns on AMR and tuberculosis

Following its open letter to the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council of the EU and to the EU Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EAP has received a reply from Commissioner Andriukaitis’s cabinet.

In the document, EU Commissioner Andriukaitis’s Head of Cabinet, Mr. Arūnas Vinčiūnas, thanked EAP for sharing its concerns on the need to tackle tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the lack of vaccine confidence, as well as the impact of the EU Paediatrics Regulation and the areas it still needs to address. Likewise, it pointed out future EU actions and initiatives devised to address the aforementioned issues, among which:

  • A joint evaluation of the Paediatric and Orphan Medicines legislation, which will take place in 2019;
  • Workshops with relevant stakeholders on short-term concrete actions to improve the development of new paediatric medicines, co-organised by the EC and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2018;
  • A EU Joint Action on vaccination, which will kick off in 2018 with the objective of promoting vaccination confidence, while taking into account synergies between vaccination and the use of antibiotics.

The Cabinet of EU Commissioner Andriukaitis also thanked EAP for offering to share its knowledge and on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in order to “support training on AMR and AMS”.

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