East Africa Region Streamlining Drug Regulatory Procedures To Speed Access To New Products

Bloomberg: East Africa Seeks Streamlined Drug Oversight to Ease Access
“One of the world’s poorest regions is making itself more friendly to new products from Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG, and other drugmakers by combining the pharmacy regulators of six countries. The East African Community Medicines Registration Harmonization program allows Bayer AG, Merck KGaA, and rivals to speed products to market, while easing patients’ access to new medicines. Drugmakers would like to see the scope of the project, which started in 2012, widened to more countries…” (Anguyo, 8/30).