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Interaction between pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals in COVID situation

May 12, 2020, Sofia

The Association of the Research-based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (ARPharM) and its member companies are committed to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic due to coronavirus. Our thoughts are with the people affected by the infection and their loved ones, as well as with the doctors and pharmacists who are at the forefront in the fight to overcome the pandemic.

The Research-based pharmaceutical industry is focused on three key areas: • the development of new vaccines, diagnostics and drug therapies to combat COVID-19 - around 7 vaccine applicants and over 30 antiviral drugs at various stages of development or use are currently being investigated by innovative pharmaceutical companies in over 25 clinical trials to determine whether they are effective in preventing or treating patients with COVID-19 - http://arpharm.org/index.php?id=1245;

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Coronavirus – your questions answered

Q. What is a coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

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What’s next?

12/05/2019 Diseases will not give up or disappear. Luckily, neither will science nor researchers. Just as they didn’t in the 1980s when the needle and the syringe were the only known way of injecting insulin, or in the 1990s when HIV meant a death penalty, or in the 2000s when destroying the cancer cells also affected the healthy cells.

What would it mean to slow down the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease? Could antibodies slow down our resistance to antibiotics and help overcome bacterial infections? What cell therapies would it take to avoid having aggressive chemotherapy ever again? And is there potential for gene therapy to reduce the toll of lifelong treatment?

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Life-saving treatments may not reach bulgarian patients in 2018 due to the moratorium on their payment imposed by the NHIF

Many new drug therapies that patients in most European countries receive may remain inaccessible to Bulgarian patients in 2018, the Association of the Research-Based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Bulgaria (ARPharM) warned. The reason is a moratorium on their payment by the National Health Insurance Fund in 2018 approved by the Supervisory Board of the NHIF and submitted for consideration by the Parliament. It appears that due to this sanction the widely proclaimed increase of healthcare funds by 400 million BGN will not lead to improvement in the drug treatment of Bulgarian patients. Some of the new therapies are life-saving, offering more treatment options, and in some cases they may even be more cost-efficient for NHIF.

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Memorandum of Cooperation and Partnership

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Dr. Ilko Semerdzhiev, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Bulgaria (ARPharM) Zoya Paunova and director of ARPharM Deyan Denev have signed a memorandum of cooperation and partnership.

Ministry of Health and the ARPharM will cooperate to ensure access to high quality and effective medicines for Bulgarian citizens. The document provides for the implementation of control and joint inspections by the BDA, National Health Insurance Fund, the National Revenue Agency and the Customs Agency. There will be checked persons trading with medicines in the country and through its borders. It will be monitored the availability of marketing authorizations for medicinal products with compliance to the good distribution practice and the rules for prescribing and selling drugs.

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