EMA: ‘global, monopoly, outsourcing cause meds shortages’, industry must de-risk
This article was originally published in Scrip
The European Medicines Agency wants to up the pressure on pharmaceutical companies so that they are more "proactive" about managing manufacturing-related risks that can disrupt the supply of medicines.
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