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UNLABELLED The European Paediatric Regulation mandated the European Commission to fund research on off-patent medicines with demonstrated therapeutic interest for children. Responding to this mandate, five FP7 project calls were launched and 20 projects were granted. This paper aims to detail the funded projects and their preliminary results. Publicly(More)
The recommended treatment for thalassaemia major is regular blood transfusions, although these lead to the harmful accumulation of iron in the body. If untreated, iron overload is responsible for heart, liver and endocrine diseases. The only two iron chelating agents available for the treatment of iron overload are deferoxamine and deferiprone. The standard(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide an overview of drug use in children in three European countries. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study, 2000-5. SETTING Primary care research databases in the Netherlands (IPCI), United Kingdom (IMS-DA), and Italy (Pedianet). PARTICIPANTS 675 868 children aged up to 14 (Italy) or 18 (UK and Netherlands). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(More)
In 1997, the Italian Ministry of Health created a special programme for the controlled distribution of deferiprone to collect data and to evaluate its safety and effectiveness in long-term use. Five hundred and thirty-two thalassaemia patients from 86 treatment centres were enrolled in this programme. One hundred and eighty-seven patients (32%) experienced(More)
UNLABELLED Asthma drugs are amongst the most frequently used drugs in childhood, but international comparisons on type and indication of use are lacking. The aim of this study was to describe asthma drug use in children with and without asthma in the Netherlands (NL), Italy (IT), and the United Kingdom (UK). We conducted a retrospective analysis of(More)
OBJECTIVE . The aim of this study was to evaluate the number and the characteristics of medicines approved for children in Europe by the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) and whether the paediatric studies supporting the authorisation were in accordance with the Note for Guidance on the Clinical Investigation of Medicinal(More)
OBJECTIVE The 1995-2005 balance of EMEA activities in the field of paediatric medicines was evaluated, taking into account the number both of drugs authorised for children and paediatric studies supporting the Marketing Authorisation (MA). METHODS Data on drugs authorised by EMEA were extracted from EPARs (European Public Assessment Reports). Active(More)
PURPOSE To identify and describe European health care databases that can be used for pediatric pharmacoepidemiological research. METHODS A web-based survey was conducted among all European databases that were listed on the website of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and/or known by an expert group. The survey comprised of questions(More)
The aim of this Delphi survey is to develop common definitions for unlicensed and off-label drug use in children to be used for research and regulatory purposes. After a literature review on the current status of unlicensed/off-label definitions, a two-stage, web-based Delphi survey was conducted among experts in Europe. Their opinion on concerns, rules and(More)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids are commonly prescribed drugs which are frequently used for the treatment of various painful conditions. However, particularly for the paediatric population, there is a lack of information on effectiveness, safety and appropriate formulation resulting in off-label use and undertreatment. The aim of(More)