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Stockpiling of Medicinal Products Workshop

21-22 February 2008, Luxembourg

Huge financial investments for purchasing and storing as well as meticulous preparations for distribution are required in the context of stockpiling of large quantities of medicinal products such as antivirals and vaccines for major health threats.

The specific characteristics of such threats, likely but not occurring regularly, poses several challenges for the public health authorities. Across the EU-27, several approaches have been worked out to deal with these questions.

The objective of the workshop was to exchange and learn from good practices. The workshop has gather participants, who address these issues on national level or on an international stage – members Health Security Committee, national Influenza coordinators, Commission services (DG SANCO Health Threats Unit and Health Measures Unit, DG Enterprise), European Medicines Agency (EMEA), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), World Health Organisation Office for Europe, and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

During the workshop participants presented lessons learnt from various cases, including antiviral use for children, and issues in distribution under the constraint to reach target populations in 24 hours. The workshop has also provided an opportunity for national stockpile managers to identify the potential need for new regulatory and technical developments.