Open Medicine EU

As I mentioned previously the Ombudsman had, on her own initiative, looked into the apparent change of policy on transparency in the European Medicines Agency. She has now published on her website copies of correspondence between the Commission and the EMA on the subject. For those of us who can sometimes get excited about such things, this is exciting and very interesting. You can see the correspondence here.

As readers know, I have complained to the Ombudsman about the refusal of the EMA to give me access to correspondence between the agency and the Commission. I don’t know yet if the documents just published by the Ombudsman would meet the full terms of that request – there is a lot of material here – but I will check.
I also asked for copies of correspondence between the EMA and pharmaceutical industry associations and have complained to the Ombudsman about the refusal to grant me such access.

If we can see correspondence with pharmaceutical industry associations, in addition to the material just published by the Ombudsman, we may have a better understanding of the reasons behind the change of policy in the EMA. END

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