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Impact of Ageing
Despite the fact that Europe's population is ageing rapidly, the region is astonishingly still underprepared for dealing with the health-related effect of this demographic trend. A major challenge for governments in the EU is meeting rising demand for healthcare whilst tailoring the systems to needs of the elderly.


Pharmaceutical Technology Europe
Volume 23, Issue 12

Outlook

Europe faces serious challenges in sustaining its healthcare systems to deliver high quality services to the elderly. Initiatives are being launched at a European level and have received high profile backing from the EC, the EMA and key geriatricians. Such an approach has led to improvements in addressing the gaps seen in paediatric medicine and is seen as a potential model for making improvements with respect to the elderly. Sadly, the ongoing economic difficulties in Europe may hinder investment in additional healthcare services for the elderly as politicians look to implement cutbacks. However, the elderly also represent a growing proportion of the voting population and will therefore not accept their long-term healthcare needs being ignored. For the pharmaceutical industry the demographic trends present opportunities to launch new therapies in these disease areas.

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