Pharmaceuticals

EU orphan medicines regulation failed

Two decades of EU market protection of ‘orphan’ (rare disease) medicines have greatly benefitted the industry. According to research by The Investigative Desk, published in …

Pharmaceuticals

EMA rewrites medicine approval policy

New innovative medicines should be made available to European citizens more quickly. That is why the European Medicines Agency updates the process for market authorisation. …

Tobacco

NVWA barely has grip on tobacco industry

Violations of the advertisement ban by tobacco manufacturers are seldom noticed by inspection authorities. That is the conclusion of The Investigative Desk after analysing ten …

Tobacco

Dutch influencer hired to promote BAT’s Glo on Instagram

Since the summer of 2019, the media have reported about British American Tobacco’s marketing campaign for its Glo tobacco heating product, involving paid postings by …

Energy

Natural gas companies dominate Groningen research on ‘renewable’ energy

The Dutch government and energy firms finance research on renewable energy through the New Energy Coalition (NEC). The NEC’s turnover is expected to reach 100 …

Tobacco

Majority of minors succeed in buying cigarettes

By Ties Keyzer Fifty-nine percent of seventeen-year-olds succeed in buying cigarettes, according to investigations by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). The …

Tobacco

NVWA announces 19 fines to tobacco manufacturers for paying – illegal – sales bonuses

By Ties Keyzer The NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) will impose 19 fines to tobacco manufacturers who gave discounts and paid bonuses …

Tobacco

The tobacco town, the culture donation, and the deleted emails

By Krijn Schramade When British American Tobacco (BAT) closed its factory doors in the small town of Zevenaar in 2007, it donated 400,000 euros to …