14 October 2014

It is with interest that the EAEPC has noted recent reports in the Slovakian press stating that the European Commission believes the attempts of the Slovakian government to restrict export of prescription medicines are contrary to EU rules. If true we welcome the Commission's position on this matter. Clearly we need to wait for the actual decision of the Commission and then the Slovak government’s response.

It is clearly in the interests of the proper functioning of the EU's internal market, and the benefits that patients derive from this in the form of cheaper medicines, that the EU principle of free movement of goods be upheld. It would be entirely wrong to make free movement the scapegoat for possible shortages of medicines, which some seek to do.