The communication builds on measures within the European Health Union, particularly the strengthened powers of the European Medicines Agency and the recently published pharmaceutical reform. It responds to a strong call by member states at the European Council in June 2023 and reaffirmed in Grenada in October 2023, as well as to the European Parliament.
Mitigating critical shortages this winter and beyond
To better prepare for the coming winter, a number of measures have already been taken. For example, the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority and the European Medicines Agency have identified key antibiotics (including some agents for children) for which the risk of critical shortages is anticipated before the onset of winter. Appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the availability of these antibiotics.
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