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Francesca Bruce

Francesca Bruce has been writing news and analysis about all things affecting the pharmaceutical industry since 2008. She has paid special attention to policy and regulatory developments but particularly likes to write about market access and how medicines may  - or may not  -  make it to patients. She generally writes about Europe, but really enjoys uncovering news from further corners of the globe, especially Latin America and the Middle East.

Latest From Francesca Bruce

EU Pharmaceutical Strategy Roadmap Seen As Weak On Innovation

Pharmaceutical industry groups say the European Commission’s Pharmaceutical Strategy Roadmap lacks detail on delivering a faster regulatory process and encouraging competitiveness.

Europe Innovation

Australia’s TGA Seeks Feedback on Data Matrix Code Labeling

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration is consulting on a draft standard for data matrix codes on the labels of certain medicines.

Asia Pacific Australia

EMA Scientific Advice Demand Up But Not For Orphan Drugs

The European Medicines Agency received more requests for scientific advice in 2019 than it did in 2018. Meanwhile, requests for advice in other areas has fallen.

Europe Health Technology Assessment

NHS England And Vertex Strike “Lightening Quick” CF Kaftrio/Trikafta Deal

An agreement between Vertex and NHS England secures rapid access to Kaftrio, the company’s triple therapy for cystic fibrosis, including for patients with rare mutations not covered by the soon-to-be-granted European marketing authorization. The final price will depend on an assessment by health technology appraisal body NICE.

Europe United Kingdom

Will The COVID-19 Pandemic Shake Up Access To Medicines?

Public health advocates say that commercial concerns must take a back seat to health interests if COVID-19 technologies are to be made available to those who need them. But industry says that relaxing IP protections is not the solution and that many companies have already invested significant amounts of money in potential new treatments and vaccines.

International Europe

Isatuximab EU Approval Decision Due

Recommending new medicines for approval and allowing sponsors of others extra time to answer outstanding questions are among the many tasks on the agenda of the March meeting of European Medicines Agency's key scientific committee, the CHMP. The meeting has been taking place, remotely, this week.

Europe Drug Review
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