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Conference: Towards New Models of Inovation, Brussels 18 November 2010

Can We Afford the Current Model of Medical Innovation?
Towards New Models of Innovation
18 November 2010, 09:00 – 13:50
European Parliament, Brussels


Thijs Berman MEP, Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats
Eva Joly MEP, The Greens/EFA
Carl Schlyter MEP, The Greens /EFA and on behalf of the
European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases
At present, we suffer from a lack of public health-driven medical innovation and poor global access to essential medicines. At the same time in the EU and around the world, governments are incapable of facing the growing cost of health care of which medicine prices are an important factor. To respond to global health needs, new models of affordable and socially useful medical innovation are needed. This meeting will bring together experts, NGO representatives, scientists and academics, with input from the pharmaceutical industry, European policymakers and country delegates to advance the implementation of EU policy and budget decisions that support new models of biomedical innovation.
To register for this event, please request a registration form from Marine Avrillon at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NGO Sponsors:
Health Action International (HAI) Europe
IQ Sensato Group
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
Oxfam International
TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)


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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909