Minister of Health Giorgos Pamporides, who participated in the Informal Meeting of EU Health Ministers on 19-20 March in Malta, has said that Cyprus supports cross-border cooperation on the supply of common drugs at all levels, on exchanging information and good practices and on jointly agreed prices and drug evaluation.
According an official announcement, the main topics of discussion at the meeting were ways to improve patients’ access to innovative technologies, drugs and specialized services, to address increasing obesity among children and control HIV / AIDS epidemic in the EU by 2030.
Ministers also discussed cooperation among Member States with regard to their respecitve health systems to improve patients’ access to innovative therapies.
In his intervention at the meeting, he stressed that the problem of accessibility to innovative medicines and technologies is most acute in the smaller EU Member States. In this respect, he said, cooperation and establishing mechanisms for the joint supply of innovative drugs and technologies can strengthen the bargaining position for those countries, in order to achieve equal patient access to specialized treatments, especially for rare diseases.
On the sidelines of the informal meeting, Pamporides had bilateral meetings with his European counterparts, during which he had the opportunity to share visions on current issues concerning the health sector.
Source: Cyprus News Agency