This situation was further enforced by different national systems classifying the constituent as medicine, as food or as dual-use-substances (AESGP
Mary Coronel, spokesperson for the AESGP
, stressed the importance for agencies to respect the deadlines for authorisation.
Industry is represented by Jean-Francois Dehecq, President and Chief Executive Officer Sanofi-Synthelabo and President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations, Andrew Kay, Chief Executive Officer of APS Berk and Chairman of the European Generic Manufacturers Association, and Alessandro Banchi, a board member of Boehringer Ingelheim, representing the European self-medication industry association (AESGP
), and Chris Viehbacher, Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Europe.
Annual food supplement sales currently total Euro 470 million in the United Kingdom and Euro 389 million in Germany.--Pharmaceutical industry satisfied.The Association of the European Self-Medication Industry (AESGP
) also welcomed the European Parliament's decision to include in the positive list (the range of minerals that can be used in food supplements) the five minerals boron, nickel, silicon, vanadium and tin.
The industry's European association, AESGP
, says introducing legislation in this field is generally welcome.
And to further demonstrate the specific character of its own member company interests, EGA has also set up a self-medication group - which cuts across both EFPIA terrain and the territory of the longstanding European association representing non-prescription medicine manufacturers, the AESGP
. "Producers of generic over-the-counter medicines (OTCs) do not always agree with originator OTC producers, for example as regards OTC switching", says EGA, in a reference to the "switch" of ingredients from prescription-status to non-prescription status.