Information to patients

In response to the Commission’s Public Consultation “Legal proposal on Information to patients”, EURORDIS is pleased to send its comments from the rare disease patients’ perspective. Part of this document is based on a previous paper elaborated by EURORDIS in June 2007 in response to the Commission’s Draft Report on current practice with regard to the provision of information to patients on medicinal products.


EURORDIS welcomes a Commission’s initiative in this field but has serious reservations on the current proposal as it stands. In addition to the important issues already expressed by EURORDIS in June 2007 (that will be re-iterated here below), EURORDIS feels the necessity to emphasize the four following issues as major requirements within the current reflection process on information to patients: the recognition that "patient" and "consumer" are not synonyms and do not cover the same realities; the need to ensure efficacious protection against promotional information to patients; the need to combine new rights for pharmaceutical companies together with improved obligations; and finally, the identification of the risks entailed by the legislative frame as proposed by the Commission in its consultation document.

A voz das pessoas com doenças raras na EuropaEURORDIS A voz internacional das pessoas com doenças raras, Rare Diseases Internacional, é uma iniciativa da EURORDISRare Disease International Reúne doentes, famílias e especialistas para partilhar experiências num fórum multilinguístico. A RareConnect é uma iniciativa da EURORDIS RareConnect O programa Rare Barometer é uma iniciativa da EURORDIS para a realização de inquéritos para transformar a experiência das pessoas com doenças raras em números e factos que podem ser partilhados com os responsáveis pela tomada de decisões.Rare Barometer An international awareness raising campaign taking place on the last day of February each year, Rare Disease Day is a EURORDIS initiativeRare Disease Day Adira ao maior encontro europeu das partes interessadas no âmbito das doenças raras na Conferência Bienal Europeia sobre Doenças Raras e Produtos Órfãos. A ECRD é uma iniciativa da EURORDISEuropean Conference on Rare Diseases