Maltese MEP Josianne Cutajar has written an open letter to EU commissioners to address the current problems of medicine shortages.
Addressing it to Commissioners Margaritis Schinas, Stella Kyriakides and Thierry Breton, Cutajar urged the entity to “to take urgent measures to help Member States ensure access to treatment for patients that face problems in acquiring needed medicines due to shortage.”
Joining forces with other MEPs from various political groups, Cutajar aims to put pressure on the European Commission in light of the surge of respiratory diseases as they result in pressures on hospitals and depleting medicine reserves.
“This has resulted in health systems all over Europe having shortage of medicines” she said, “including antibiotics, analgesics and antipyretic drugs.”
Cutajar pointed out during plenary this week that the EU must prioritise strategic pharmaceutical reduction whilst encouraging innovation, better coordination as well as entry on the market of critical medical devices.