Although patients’ organisations and pharmaceutical companies have very different starting points, they recognise that on many EU policies, they may share common interests and may work together, without compromising their independence.
Patients’ organisations bring their own unique knowledge on the challenges of living with their particular illnesses. They bring home the daily battle and courage shown by patients and demonstrate how far medical progress can make a difference to their lives and the lives of those who are close to them. This is a powerful reality check for those involved in policymaking.
EFPIA’s Think-Tank serves as a forum for both Efpia members and European patients’ organisations: here, the European pharmaceutical industry can share its work on meeting patients’ needs. The purpose is to form a two-way open discussions and information sharing, increase mutual understanding of each other’s position and understand our respective concerns on EU policy, strategies and goals.