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Overwhelming majority passes new EMA powers

The European Parliament has adopted regulation that strengthens the EMA's ability to monitor drug and medical equipment shortages in Europe. New EMA groups will be impartial, they say, effectively shutting the door on representatives from the medical industry at large.

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STRASBOURG – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is getting a string of new powers to manage drug and medical equipment shortages in Europe, as the European Commission officially adopts an agreement that strengthens the role of the agency on Wednesday.

Going forward, the EMA will have more instruments when it comes monitoring drugs and medical equipment that are deemed critical in times of crises.

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