European Parliament Wants EU-Wide Pull Incentive Scheme For New Antimicrobials
The three major EU institutions are all calling for urgent action to tackle antimicrobial resistance, with the emphasis very much on incentives for the development of novel medicines and a reduction in overall consumption of antibiotics.
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The European Parliament and the Council of the EU are preparing their positions on the planned overhaul of the EU medicines legislation ahead of discussions that are expected to take two to three years.
The European Commission says at least 65% of all human consumption of antibiotics should be of products that come under the World Health Organization’s AWaRe (Access, Watch, Reserve) classification, which have a lower risk of resistance.
Proposals for an EU voucher that would encourage the development of “game-changing” antimicrobials are accompanied by plans for procurement mechanisms to guarantee revenues for companies regardless of sales volumes. But one law firm said the conditions attached to the voucher were so strict that the scheme appeared “unworkable.”