EU Bodies Agree On New Drug Shortage Monitoring Platform
Lists Of ‘Critical’ Drugs To Be Drawn Up
Two EU institutions have reached a deal on legislation that will give the EMA a key tool for monitoring medicines supply and preventing shortages in the event of a major public health crisis such as a future pandemic.
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