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IAPO news September 2014
IAPO [News] 2:47PM Tuesday 02 September 2014

IAPO News

The IAPO September 2014 newsletter is now available and includes our recent Latin America meeting, principles for universal health coverage and attendance at WHO Regional Meetings.

IAPO attends International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities
IAPO [News] 3:19PM Monday 01 September 2014

IAPO Governing Board member Eva Maria Ruiz de Castilla attended the 16th International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2014, and a pre-conference on 'Ensuring Quality and Safety of Biosimilars for Patients Worldwide'.

Eva Maria spoke during a plenary session at the pre-conference on 'Access to medicines and the impact of biosimilars on markets'.

60 Seconds with... Dr Sunil Prakash, Consumers' Forum
IAPO [News] 2:09PM Monday 01 September 2014

IAPO member Dr Sunil PrakashEach month we will be interviewing an IAPO member in six short questions. They will be featured in our newsletter and the website.

Our featured member of the month is Dr Sunil Prakash, who works with Consumers' Forum in India.

IAPO Latin America Regional Meeting, August 2014
IAPO [News] 12:20PM Monday 01 September 2014

IAPO Latin American meeting attendeesIAPO Latin America Programme 2014: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21-23 August 2014

In August 2014, we held our fourth regional meeting in Latin America to coincide with the 16th International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There were two key activities:

Key principles for universal health coverage
IAPO [News] 12:20PM Monday 01 September 2014

IAPO members at CongressWe are in the final stages of confirming a set of principles that will underpin IAPO’s work and support member advocacy on universal health coverage (UHC). 

Members played a key role in drafting these principles at the IAPO Congress in March and in the months since.

Delivering universal health coverage and care that meets the needs of diverse patients is a difficult balancing act. Disparities in access and funding need to be tackled at every level. These principles are a good start in addressing these issues. 

Press release: It's time for drug regulators and patient groups to work together
IAPO [News] 5:16PM Tuesday 26 August 2014

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Press release for immediate release
Spanish/ Portuguese version

There was widespread consensus that drug regulators and patient groups need to work more closely together in Latin America at a multi-stakeholder seminar held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil yesterday. 

The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) and Allianza Latina convened a debate with leading health figures to discuss the contribution of patients and patients’ organizations in drug regulation to ensure patients receive access to safe and quality healthcare. 

Around 100 health experts, including those from patients’ organizations, drug regulatory authorities, government, academia and industry discussed the critical role that patients must play in drug regulation to work towards universal health coverage – where every person has the access to the health services they need.

Media Alert: Seen but not heard? The patient voice in drug regulation today
IAPO [News] 4:57PM Monday 18 August 2014

Monday 18 August 2014
Media alert for immediate release
Spanish/ Portuguese version


Seen but not heard? The patient voice in drug regulation today

‘Increasing the patient voice in drug regulatory authorities’, a meeting hosted by Alianza Latina and the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, Saturday 23 August 2014, Rio de Janeiro.

Health experts, patient representatives and groups from across Latin America are coming together to discuss how to achieve universal health coverage – where every person has access to the health services they need – and how drugs regulatory authorities must work with patients to achieve this.

Seminar Invitation / Invitación Seminario / Convite Seminário
IAPO [News] 11:56AM Tuesday 12 August 2014
Deadline Approaching: On behalf of Alianza Latina and the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) we are honored to invite you for a jointly held multi-stakeholder seminar entitled ‘Increasing the patient voice in drug regulatory authorities.’ This meeting will provide an opportunity for debates with a variety of healthcare stakeholders on how patient engagement at all stages of regulation can ensure safe and timely access to treatments, and ultimately achieve universal health coverage (UHC)Find out more and register here.
IAPO news August 2014
IAPO [News] 2:47PM Tuesday 05 August 2014

IAPO News

The IAPO August 2014 newsletter featuring our attendance at the NCD review, '60 seconds with...' member series and a number of member events is available here.

IAPO attends UN NCD meetings
IAPO [News] 12:58PM Tuesday 05 August 2014

IAPO members at UN meetingIAPO Governing Board Member Eva Maria Ruiz de Castilla recently attended two UN meetings on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

An informal interactive meeting for civil society was held on 19 June 2014 to discuss progress in NCD work since 2011 and to identify priorities going forward.

Following this, the official UN NCD review was held on 10-11 July 2014. This was an opportunity for governments, the UN system, and civil society to take stock of progress since 2011, identify gaps in action, and gather consensus on scaling up and transforming commitments into action at the national level, where the fight against NCDs must be won.

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