A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on access to medicines and medical devices is to have its first annual general meeting tomorrow, at which it will discuss its aims, objectives, and future programmes. The objective of the group is to develop recommendations for the Government on improving access for patients and securing the UK’s position as a global research hub for life sciences. The APPG will look at a number of issues relating to patient access to treatments, which will likely include:
- The role of regulators
- Medial Research and its funding challenges
- Supply chain and export/import challenges
- The pricing of specials/generics/other drugs
The Chair of the group will be Anne Marie Morris MP (Conservative) and the likely officers will comprise of Philippa Whitford MP (SNP), Henry Smith MP (Conservative), Bridget Phillipson (Labour) and George Freeman MP (Conservative). The meeting will be held in the House of Commons, Room W2 at 1pm 12 September.