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The EU’s new paediatric medicines legislation: serving children’s needs?

Permanand, Govin, Mossialos, Elias ORCID: 0000-0001-8664-9297 and McKee, Martin (2007) The EU’s new paediatric medicines legislation: serving children’s needs? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 92 (9). pp. 808-811. ISSN 0003-9888

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Identification Number: 10.1136/adc.2006.105692


In new legislation for paediatric medicines which came into effect on 26 January 2007, the European Union (EU) has attempted to address several unresolved issues relating to children’s needs for medicines in Europe. This article reviews the legislation’s main proposals and makes some comparisons with equivalent legislation in the USA. We argue that the legislation suffers from several gaps and uncertainties in relation to the specific proposals and their intended aims. As the establishment of new legislation in this area offered the EU an opportunity to set some clear guidelines and objectives, and had the potential to go beyond the equivalent American rules, we thus see the proposals as something of a disappointment.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2007 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2009 15:17
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 20:33

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