Media Reports – Europe

alphabetical by country

[International] Tanvi Ambulkar, Dire shortage of a broad-spectrum antibiotic raises concerns globally, MIMS Today, 13 July 2017.

[International] Keila Guimarães, Pharma’s Big Fail: Benzathine Penicillin shortages are bringing syphilis back all over the world, Quartz, 18 May 2017.

[Armenia] Armenian News, Hemophilia patients face drug shortage in Armenia,, 17 April 2013.

[Cyprus] Anon., Minster intervenes to avert medicine shortages, in-Cyprus, 27 October 2015.

[Denmark] Eric Palmer, Shortages persist in EU after GSK temporarily halted production in Italy, Fierce Pharma, 17 June 2016.

[England, see UK below]

[Europe] Nick Staines, Europe needs a plan to combat cancer drug shortages [European Society of Oncology], Pharmaphorum, 18 May 2017.

[Europe] Nick Paul Taylor, EMA reports year-long shortage of BMS kidney transplant drug, RAPS, 23 March 2017.

[Europe] Helen Roberts, Combatting EU drug shortages, PMLive, 16 September 2016

[Europe] Eric Palmer, Shortages persist in EU after GSK temporarily halted production in Italy, Fierce Pharma, 17 June 2016.

[Europe] Anon. Network set up to stuy drug shortages across Europe, The Pharmaceutical Journal, 25 April 2016.

[Europe] Ben Hirschler, Reuters-Insight- Drug shortages prompt question: are some medicines too cheap? Euro News, 1 April 2016.

[Europe] Nick Paul Taylor, EMA looks to harmonize definition of drug shorage, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, 28 January 2016.

[Europe] Kim Pauwels et al. Insights into European drug shortages: a survey of hospital pharmacists, PLoS 10.3, 16 March 2015.

[Europe] Michael Mezher, European industry group calls for drug shortage reporting standards, Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, 2 February 2015.

[Europe] Ingrid Torjesen, Drug shortages. It’s time for Europe to Act, Pharmaceutical Journal, 29 January 2015.

[Europe] Sean Milmo, Tackling drug shortages, Pharmaceutical Technology, 2 November 2014.

[Europe] EAHP, Patients suffering medicines shortages in all European countries [report of a survey which can be downloaded at this site], 17 November 2014.

[Europe] James Fitz-Morris, 6 potential stumbling blocks to Canada-EU trade deal, Politics CBC News, 7 March 2013.

[Europe] Foo Yun Chee & Rex Merrifield [Reuters], EU regulators charge J&J, Novartis over generic painkiller delay, Globe and Mail, 31 January 2013.

[Europe] Eric Palmer, EMA wants manufacturers to offer up drug shortage risk analysis, FiercePharma Manufacturing, 27 November 2012.

[Europe] Sten Stovall, Drug makers are right to seek protection for EU’s poorest nations. The Source, WSJ, 25 June 2012

[Europe] Sten Stovall, EU drug makers seek key concessions to overcome supply concerns in Greece, Spain, Globe, 26 June 2012, B3.

[Europe] Jeanne Whalen and Sten Stoval, Drug firms urge price action. Steep discounts in five European nations create shortages, industry group says, Wall Street Journal, 25 June 2012.

[Europe] Biosimilars and cancer drug shortages in Europe, Pharma News, Generics and Biosimilars Initiative, 18 November 2011.

[Fiji] Nasik Swami, Medicine shopping, Fiji Times, 19 March 2016.

[Finland] K. Heiskanen et al. The reasons behind medicine shortages from the perspective of pharmaceutical companies and pharmaceutical wholesalers in Finland. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179479, 28 June 2017.

[Finland] K. Heiskanen et al., Medicine shortages: A study of community pharmacies in Finland, Health Policy, 118 (2), 11 November 2014.

[France] Yves Sciama, France brings back a phased out drug after patients rebel against its replacement, The Local, 27 September 2017.

[France] Evie Burrows-Taylor, Levothyrox: the controversy over one of France’s most commonly prescribed drugs explained, The Local, 24 August 2017.

[France] Anon., Chemotherapy: there’s a shortage of treament in Auxerre, Sivertimes, 9 July 2017.

[France] Pascale Santi, Des centaines de médicaments vitaux en rupture de stock, Le Monde, 9 January 2017.

[France] Hugo Jalinière, Pénurie des médicaments: un dysfonctionnement organisé?” Science et Avenir, 10 August 2015.

[France] Daniel Rosenweg, Ruptures de stock dans les pharmacies, Le Parisien, 10 August 2015.

[France] Laurent Vissuzaine, Pourquoi votre pharmacien manque de médicaments, La Republique des Pyrénées, 17 July 2012.

[France] Sébstien Krebs, Medicaments: la pénurie gagne la France,  Europe 1, 3 October 2011.

[France] Angela Bolis, Dans un marché mondialisé, les pénuries de médicaments s’intensifient, Le Monde, 29 August 2011.

[France] Pénurie de médicaments: Plusieurs explications, France Soir, 3 August 2011.

[Germany] Scarlett Furlong, Medical cannabis crisis in Germany amid rising prices, supply shortage, Talking Drugs, 9 August 2017.

[Germany] Ulrike Heimes, Lieferengpass bei Medikamenten: Gefahr für Patienten? Das Erste, 2 December 2015.

[Germany] Anon., Lieferengpässe bei Medikamenten, Deutscher Bundestag, 28 October 2015.

[Germany] Wolfgang Mulke, Warum Lieferengpässe bei manchen Medikamenten zunehmen, WAZ, 17 March 2014.

[Germany] Anon., Lieferengpässe bei einigen Medikamenten, Die Welt, 14 February 2014.

[Germany] Anon. German pharmacists criticise discount contracts amid mounting drug shortages, IHS, 17 October 2013.

[Germany] Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., Pharmafirmen verschleppen Maßnahmen gegen Medikamenten-Mangel, Zeit Online, 20 December 2012.

[Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, etc] GaBi, BIosimilars and cancer drug shortages in Europe, Pharma News, Generics and Biosimilars Initiative, 18 November 2011.

[Greece] Yiannis Papadopoulos, HIV drug shortages leading to gaps in treatment,, 25 February 2016.

[Greece] Steve Brozak, Greece is on the verge of a health catastrophe, Forbes, 15 July 2015.

[Greece] Annalisa Merelli, Greece’s next big problem: medicine shortages, Quartz, 7 July 2015.

[Greece] Rose Troup Buchanan, Greek debt crisis: food and vital drug ‘shortages’ ahead of historic referendum tomorrow, The Independent, 4 July 2015.

[Greece] Ben Hirschler, Row breaks out over Greek medicine supplies, Reuters, 3 July 2015.

[Greece] Julia Kollewe, Drugmakers draw up plans to ease medicine shortage in Greece, The Guardian, 20 June 2015.

[Greece] Stephen Beard, Pharmacist rejects creditors’ prescription for Greece., 26 June 2015.

[Greece–see also Europe above] Andrew Jack and Kerin Hope, Athens urged to import generic drugs, Financial Times, 17 March 2013.

[Greece] Karolina Tagaris, Greek health system in poor condition, Globe and Mail, 14 June 2012

[Greece] Lizzy Davis, Greek debt crisis: chronic drug shortage risking lives of the sick, Guardian, 8 June 2012.

[Ireland] Colm Kelpie, Warning over Irish drugs shortage risk in hard Brexit, Belfast Telegraph, 31 August 2017.

[Ireland] Aaron Rogan, Drug shortage ‘due to HSE’s overspending, Ireland. The Times, 19 June 2017.

[Ireland] Allison Bray, Patients’ distress over cancer drug shortage ‘not acceptable’,, 20 May 2017.

[Ireland] Paul Cullen, Cancer patients hit by shortage of chemotherapy drugs, Irish Times, 18 May 2017. See also here.

[Ireland] Anon., HSE says it may take weeks to clear delays, RTE News, 31 October 2015.

[Ireland] Eric Palmer, Drug shortages in Ireland getting worse, Fierce Pharma, 23 July 2013.

[Italy] Eric Palmer, Shortages persist in EU after GSK temporarily halted production in Italy, Fierce Pharma, 17 June 2016.

[Italy] David Jolly, Italy fines Novartis and Roche in Collusion Case, New York Times, 5 March 2014.

[Italy] U. Tirelli et al., Oncologic drug shortages also in Italy, European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 16 (1): 138-139, Jan. 2012.

[Malta] Duncan Barry, Burinex tablets out of stock, Independent, 13 June 2014.

[Netherlands] Anon. Netherlands aims to ensure stable drug supply after shortage [sets up reporting centre], Pharma Letter, 12 June 2017.

[Netherlands] Janene Pieters, Shortage of arthritis drug sulfasalazine looms, NL Times, 3 November 2016.

[Netherlands] Janene Pieters, Prescriptions drug shortages plaguing Netherlans, Netherland Times, 19 January 2016. Press release in Dutch is here.

[Netherlands and Austria] T.B. Yves Liem et al. Drug shortages: the Experience from Netherlands and Austria, European Journal of Hospital Pharmacists, Feb. 2004.

[Portugal] Anon. Algarve’s HIV drug shortage hits national headlines, Portugal Resident, 1 March 2017. See also here.

[Portugal] Anon., Suppliers blamed for drug shortage, Portugal Resident, 19 September 2012.

[Romania] Anon., Romanian patients facing shortage of essential drugs, Business Review, 6 July 2016.

[Spain] Emilio del Benito, Spain’s transgender men start menstruating due to drug shortage, El País, 16 December 2016.

[Switzerland] Anon., What’s behind Switzerland’s vaccine shortage, Swiss Info, 20 September 2017.

[UK] Anon., Drug price manipulations destabilise pharmacy [editorial], The Pharmaceutical Journal, 13 December 2017.

[UK] Anon., Pleas for Brexit deal on medicines amid shortage fears, Daily Mail Online, 12 December 2017.

[UK] Eddie Mair interview with Kay Smith, Mum tells of impact on son when there is a shortage of epilepsy medications [clobazam], Epilepsy Society, 7 December 2017.

[UK-Scotland] Helen McArdle, Price hikes of up to 27 times on everyday prescription drugs compromising patient care, Herald Scotland, 5 October 2017.

[UK] Billy Kenber, Patients hit by shortage of drugs as prices soar, The Times, 7 December 2017.

[UK] Colm Kelpie, Patients face shortage of vital medicine under a hard Brexit, Independent, 31 August 2017.

[UK] Gareth MacDonald, Unorderly Brexit will cause UK drug shortages warn industry groups, in-Pharma, 17 July 2017.

[UK] Roger Moore, Patients at risk due to antibiotics shortage, Virtual College, 24 July 2017.

[UK] Nicola Davis, Antibiotic shortage puts patients at risk, doctors fear, The Guardian, 1 July 2017. See also here.

[UK] Jonathan Gornall, Chemists running out of lifesaving drugs because they have all been sold abraod, Daily Mail online, 12 December 2016.

[UK] Ben Hirschler, Brexit threatens supply of new drugs, Reuters, 2 November 2016.

[UK] Lilian Anekwe, Independants [pharmacies] could face L 2,400 profit loss in wake of Brexit, Chemist and, 25 October 2016.

[UK] David Millett, Drug shortages are ‘harming’ patients, say GPs [results of a survey], GP online, 24 August 2016

[UK] Paul Morris, Medicines shortage management survey [planned by Aston U]  Pharmaceutical Journal, 20 July 2016

[UK] Anon., All party pharmacy group calls for action on drug shortages, Pharmaceutical Journal, 10 June 2016.

[UK] Sophie Jamieson, NHS drug shortages: why are we running out of some treatments in the UK? Telegraph, 29 September 2015.

[UK] Andrew Ward, Investors join push for more transparency on drug trials, Financial Times, 23 July 2015.

[UK] Anon., One in five prescription interventions relate to drug shortages, Pharmaceutical Journal, 15 July 2015.

[UK] John Kay, The true value of a life is not about the pharmaceutical costs, Financial Times, 24 March 2015.

[UK] Anon., Staffordshire cancer victims face having treatments stopped over drug shortage [of BCG for bladder cancer], Stoke Sentinel, 21 January 2015.

[UK], British Association of Urological Surgeons, Update on BCG Supplies, November 2014.

[UK] Anon., Morecambe dad’s fury over cancer drug shortage, The Visitor, 25 November 2014.

[UK] Anon. Group tackles drug shortage, Stoke Sentinel, 11 October 2014.

[UK] In the media, Drug shortage views aired [on BBC], Pharmaceutical Journal, 5 September 2014.

[UK] Stephen Robinson, GP anger over drug shortages, GPonline, 1 August 2014

[UK] Laura Donnelly, Patients being harmed by drug shortages, doctors warn, The Telegraph, 1 August 2014.

[UK] Fiona Barry, UK says hidden drugs shortage ‘getting worse’ as generics supply slows.  In-Pharma, 31 July 2014

[UK] Anon. Patients receiving ‘second choice’ drugs because of supply shortages, Guardian, 31 July 2014.

[UK-Scotland] STV, NHS Grampian apology after drug shortage at Royal Cornhill Hospital [Aberdeen], STV, 8 July 2014.

[UK] Bryce Elder, Hikma on a high from drugs shortage, Financial Times, 2 January 2014.

[UK] Video. Cancer Research express concern over NHS drug shortage, Telegraph, 13 July 2012

[UK] BBC News Wales. NHS drugs: Prioritize patients over exports, says MP, BBC News, 24 June 2012.

[UK] Rowena Mason and Rebecca Smith, Lives put at risk by shortage of drugs NHS leaders warned, Telegraph, 22 June 2012

[UK] Hannah Furness, Drug shortage caused by sales to EU, MPs say. Telegraph, 29 June 2012.

[UK] Denis Campbell, Drug shortages posing threat to seriously ill patients, The Guardian, 23 June 2012

[UK] Sten Stovall, UK Lawmakers say parallel trade causing drug shortages, Wall Street Journal, 15 May 2012.

[Turkey] Anon. Pharmacy Chambers blame medical firms for drug shortages [holding out release of drugs till price hike takes effect], Hurriet Daily News, 23 January 2017.