A MAJOR extension of the powers of the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) has been proposed by the European Commission as part of a sweeping reform of EU pharmaceutical legislation. At present the EMEA authorises only the use of high profile medicines derived from biotechnology, such as those used for cancer, AIDS, multiple schlerosis and Alzheimers disease among others.

Under the suggested new regime the EMEA would take over the evaluation of all new drugs so ending the right of pharmaceutical manufacturers to gain approvals ...

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