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vfa Press Release 003/2014

"Trial and error” at the patients’ expense


"Trial and error” at the patients’ expense
(© vfa / H. Klappert)
The German Bundestag is implementing a number of pharmaceutical policy changes within the scope of the 14th law amending Book V of the German Social Code.
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AMNOG

Early benefit assessment: Reviews and negotiations – Problems and conflicts


Early benefit assessment: Reviews and negotiations – Problems and conflicts
(© vfa / Golden Section Graphics - Dirk Aschoff)
When the legislature created the Act on the Restructuring of the Pharmaceutical Market (AMNOG), it has established a process that is as complex as it is complicated, and in some places it is questionable from a methodological standpoint. To facilitate an easier categorization of individual aspects of the procedure, we have developed an interactive information graphic in cooperation with ÄrzteZeitung that illustrates the process of the early benefit assessment, including the parties involved and the resulting problems and conflicts.
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Country Report Germany – February 2012

General political situation


In contrast to most other European countries, Germany’s economy performed very well in 2011. As a result, the social security funds – especially the health fund – are well funded and show surpluses. Due to the uncertainties induced by the European...
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In the Spotlight: Pharmaceutical expenditures


In the Spotlight: Pharmaceutical expenditures
(© vfa)
Ways to achieve health care savings are currently being discussed. Governmental policy and the health insurancers plan to create these savings primarily by way of prescription drugs. Legislative decisions should be based on facts. Here are some facts regarding prices and spending on medicines in Germany.
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Vaccine research and production: Europe is in the lead


Vaccine research and production: Europe is in the lead
(© GlaxoSmithKline)
Europe is in the lead when it comes to vaccines: This area covers two-thirds of industrial research and development activities, 60 percent of the employees and even 90 percent of worldwide production. A total of 84 percent of the European production is exported, half of it for humanitarian projects in developing countries.
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Research & Development

More than 100 diseases to be better treatable by 2011


Drug sample for a clinical trial (© Amgen)
By the end of 2011, research-based pharmaceutical companies can obtain marketing authorization for 358 new pharmaceuticals or applications for existing drugs. Patients suffering from more than 100 different diseases, especially cancer patients for whom more than 25% of the new pharmaceuticals are developed, will be able to benefit from this development. These are results of a survey commissioned by the VFA.

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Innovative pharmaceuticals are kept from millions of patients


The Institute of Empirical Health Economics was commissioned by the German Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA) to develop an expert report on the pharmaceutical care situation in Germany. The results have shown alarming health care gaps:
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Strict rules for publication of post-marketing surveillance studies


In the future, the pharmaceutical companies organized in the German Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA) will conduct and publish post-marketing surveillance studies according to stricter standards. As the VFA announced today,...
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IW survey on "Germany's future industries"


The three industries of "Corporate Services," "Pharmaceuticals" and "Medical, Measuring and Control Technology" have the best future prospects out of 34 analyzed German industries. They benefit most strongly from expected technological and societal changes...
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Drug Safety

Lessons from the Thalidomide Disaster


The greatest pharmaceuticals tragedy ever to take place occurred fifty years ago this year, when the sleeping pill and tranquillizer Thalidomide came onto the market. In the years that followed it caused serious deformities in children whose mothers had taken the drug during pregnancy.
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G8 Development Summit

R&D Pharmaceutical Industry committed to improving health in Africa


The research-based pharmaceutical companies have long played a key role in international aid partnerships to improve health in Africa. Not only do they supply the latest medicines for diseases like HIV/ AIDS at cost and help African companies to manufacture...
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WEITERE THEMEN

The Pharmaceutical Industry in Germany

Germany: The Perfect Location for Research, Production and Sales - a publication by GERMANY TRADE & INVEST and vfa
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