Dags för politikerveckan i Almedalen igen

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Idags inleds politikerveckan i Almedalen. Jag kommer att vara där i början av veckan. Jag deltar i panelen i två seminarier: ”Vatten och läkemedel – lösningar för ett växande miljöproblem” som ordas på måndagen av Swedish Water House och i ”Östersjön- en naturlig skönhet? Hur påverkar läkemedel, kosmetika och hygienartiklar vår vattenmiljö?” på tisdagen.

The ”political gathering” in Almedalen, Visby, starts today. I will be there in the beginning of the week. I will be on the panel in two seminars:

- Monday: ”Vatten och läkemedel – lösningar för ett växande miljöproblem” (water and pharmaceuticals – solutions to a growing environmental problem) arranged by Swedish Water House
- Tuesday: ”Östersjön- en naturlig skönhet? Hur påverkar läkemedel, kosmetika och hygienartiklar vår vattenmiljö?” (The Baltic Sea – a natural beauty? The inmpact from pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and hygiene products on the water environment) arranged by Hållbara Hav

Welcome!

Spelmansstämmor istället för politikervecka i Almedalen

Har du följt min blogg de senaste åren så vet du att jag brukar blogga direkt nere från polotikerveckan i Almedalen. Så sker dock inte i år. Jag är inte nere i Visby alls under Almedalsveckan i år, utan åker runt och spelar fiol på spelmansstämmorna uppe vid Siljan (Bingsjö, Östbjörka och Boda). Kul, spännande och utmattande – lite som en politikervecka i Almedalen fast på ett helt annat sätt…

Sofia Wallström at Pharma Network

SWEDISH SUMMARY: På dagens frukostmöte med Pharma Network deltog Läkemedels- och Apoteksutredningens Sofia Wallström för att presentera utredningens delbetänkande från i fredags. Betänkandet rör följande frågor: Läkemedelsförsäkringen, miljö samt Apoteket Farmaci. Betänkandets förslag gällande miljöområdet finns beskrivna i tidigare blogginlägg (exempelvis från 8 april och från 5 april).

Sofia Wallström at Pharma Network

Sofia Wallström at Pharma Network

Sofia Wallström participated in Pharma Network’s breakfast seminar today. Sofia presented the Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Inquiry’s report from Friday last week regarding

- compensation for injuries caused by pharamceuticals

- pharmaceutical products and the environment

- Apoteket Farmaci

The full report is available here, and summaries and comments to the proposals made regarding the environmental part of the report could be found in my previous blog posts on the matter (e.g. April 8 and April 5).

Sofia Wallströms review will be delayed

As you know (e.g. from reading the blog posts from Sept 23, 2011, and Oct 24, 2011) Sofia Wallström’s large review (in Swedish ”Läkemedels- och apoteksutredningen”) includes the issue of taking environmental considerations within the framework of the pricing and reimbursement system. The task comes from the National Pharmaceutical Strategy (action item 7.1) and is very closly linked to the action item 7.2 where I act as project manager from LIF.

Yesterday it became publicly known that Sofia’s review will be delayed. Large parts of the review will now be presented no later than November 2012, but the environmental issues (and a few other items in the review) will not be ready before April 2013. I am sorry for this delay. As I pointed out above, the action item 7.2 from the National Pharmaceutical Strategy is so closely connected to Sofia’s work. The development of a environmental assessment model for pharmaceutical products, which would be possible to use for green economic incentives within the pricing and reimbursement system, may become somewhat more problematic with this delay. The assessment model is scheduled to be finalized end 2012/beginning of 2013. It would have been positive for the work to have Sofia’s report ready as previously scheduled Sept 2012.

One positive thing however is that the delay will hopefully allow us to work more closly with Annika Löfgren. Annika works at the Ministry for Environment and was appointed as ”environmental expert” to the Wallström review from May 18. And one additional thing – perhaps the delay (and the signals we have seen that issues around ”generics” will be more discussed in the review) will secure that the environmental discussions in the review will include generics as well as products with patent protection.

I am looking forward to good discussions with Annika Löfgren, and I sincerely hope that the delay of the review will not have a to negative impact on all interesting initiatives ongoing right now!

Dizza Tobak – we welcome your contribution

You may recall from last week – ”the tobacco-free week” here in Sweden – that the number of smokers has increased among teenagers. According to FHI ( The Swedish National Institute of Public Health, in Swedish: ”Statens Folkhälsoinstitut”), more than 40% of the girls in their second year at high school (in Swedish: ”gymnasium”) smoke. Horryfying numbers, I must say!

I wrote a blog post last week where I clearly stated that I of course support the proposals from FHI, e.g. not allowing tobacco ads, and not allowing tobacco exposure in supermarkets. But I also feel that there is a very big necessity of changing the attitudes towards tobacco among teenagers. I am therefore extremely happy to see the new ”launch film” for the Dizza Tobak-project uploaded at dizzatobak.se. I really hope that not only kids get inspired by the movie, but also adults so they support their teenagers in engaging in the fight against tobacco.

Feel the Force! Join Dizza Tobak Live and fight tobacco! Collaborate with thousands of other kids all around Sweden, and with Pfizer’s partners SAMBA and A Non Smoking Generation, in making the best anti-tobacco campaign ever!