Category Archives: Netherlands

The Netherlands | Amsterdam hospital gets €5m from lottery to make its own medicines

Amsterdam’s UMC teaching hospital has been given a €5m donation by a lottery organisation to prepare more drugs in its own pharmacy and so produce them more cheaply and more quickly than the pharmaceuticals industry. The plan to make more drugs is part of a wider campaign by the hospital to improve the availability of medicines for rare diseases which will focus on sharing information and carrying out research into why some drugs are so expensive. ‘We want to come up with concrete examples of the problems with expensive medicine in terms of price and availability,’ professor Carla Hollack, who is jointly leading the project, told the NRC. ‘That may lead to friction with the pharmaceuticals industry but that is not our aim,’ she said. ‘It is about identifying and solving mistakes in the system.’ Last year the hospital was embroiled in a major row with the drugs industry when it began making its own version of a licenced drug to treat a rare metabolic disorder. The hospital began producing the drug, known as CDCA, because it was no longer covered by health insurance after manufacturer Leadiant ramped up the price by around 500%. Concerns Last week, foreign pharmaceuticals companies in the Netherlands said they are ‘concerned’ that the government is undermining the business climate by trying to force down the price of drugs. The companies, including MSD, Gilead and Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen, are all members of Amcham, the American chamber of commerce in the Netherlands, which wrote to health minister Bruno Bruins calling for a rethink. In January, Bruins reacted angrily to a decision by Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis to put up the price of a drug to treat a rare form of cancer five fold, describing it as ‘outrageous‘. The Dutch healthcare institute Zorginstituut Nederland has also said insurers should stop paying for expensive drugs if pharmaceutical companies continue to refuse to say how they arrive at the price.

UK | Brexit: Netherlands talking to 250 firms about leaving UK

The Dutch government has said it is in talks with more than 250 companies about moving their operations from the UK to the Netherlands before Brexit.

The economic affairs ministry said it had lured 42 companies or branch offices and 1,923 jobs from the UK last year, as it increases its efforts to gain Brexit business.

The Lie that Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

by John Helmer

One side of a well-used coin is the maxim that truth is the first casualty of war. The other side of the coin is that lying is the first weapon of war. According to the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu, that’s because all warfare is based on deception. He meant that lying – propaganda, camouflage, false flags, disinformation, infowar, cyber war — is a precondition for winning battles at least, if not wars. As the US military learned since Vietnam, lying is no guarantee of winning.

The MH 17 False Flag, One of Many

by Gordon Duff

It was July 17, 2014 and a war was raging in Ukraine between American-backed extremists who had taken Kiev in a bloody coup and purge. A Malaysian Airlines passenger jet with 298 onboard was directed by air traffic controllers themselves controlled by the same bloody regime that had just taken power, toward closed air space.

USA | In Which Reporting About “Fake News” Turns Out To Be Such

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Rather amusing piece about fake news is published in today’s New York Times.

The headline:

Fake News, Fake Ukrainians: How a Group of Russians Tilted a Dutch Vote