Finnegan's Take

The EU’s clinical trials directive has been a catastrophe but Brussels is keen to make amends “Arguably the most criticised piece of legislation” the EU has ever produced on medicines. That’s how the European Commission describes its own law on clinical trials, drafted a decade ago in an effort to streamline medical research in Europe.… » read more

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Too many Europes

At a time when Europe is in crisis, it’s alarming to see so many conflicting statements from its leaders EU Compeittion Commission Joaquin Almunia said today that Ireland’s bank guarantee, introduced in September 2008, was a mistake. I think you’d struggle to find an Irish person who hadn’t come to the conclusion two years ago,… » read more

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Irish health services have been slow to embrace technology and need to mobilise its staff to catch up Electronic patient records, access to specialist services from home, and more efficient use of scarce resources are just some of the much-vaunted benefits touted by advocates of e-health. But while technology has transformed most industries and public… » read more

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A new report paints a stark picture of European healthcare in 2030 but says GPs are the answer I’d recommend reading the latest health report by the Economist Intelligence Unit – if you’re elated and need your mood taken down a few notches. They’ve seen the future and it ain’t pretty. With Europe’s population ageing,… » read more

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EPP leaders are doing their bit to help elect Fine Gael Last week, I moaned a bit about European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso treating Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny to a photo opportunity in Brussels. I wondered if it was a bit paranoid to think that Barroso was heping his EPP buddy out by… » read more

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EU governments plan to press ahead on a single patent without agreement of all member states – a sign of things to come? One result of Europe’s economic crisis is the newfound willingness to abandon the softly-softly approach to consensus decision making. A microcosm of this phenomenon can be seen in efforts to agree a… » read more

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For the kind strangers in Brussels, Frankfurt and Washington on whom Ireland now relies for funding, the upcoming general election comes with added interest. As political rhetoric ratchets upwards with promises to renegotiate the terms of the EU/IMF bailout, lenders of last resort are feeling a little underappreciated. Wannabe government ministers are promising to burn… » read more

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They bottled it: EU leaders were due to talk about ways to improve Europe’s hotpotch intellectual property regime on Friday but thought better of it. The item was put on the afternoon agenda because industry ministers had decided before Christmas on the way forward. The trouble was that their plan for ‘enhanced cooperation’ means most… » read more

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