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International News In Brief

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EC considers cost of innovation: EU Health Commissioner David Byrne quashes parliamentary inquiry from MEP Camilo Nogueira Roman (Greens-Spain) on the "right to health" in EU citizens' health rights charter. Adopted by stakeholders last November, the charter contends that individuals should have the right to innovative procedures independent of economic considerations. On June 11, Byrne indicated that the EC Treaty delegates medical care delivery to member states, effectively ending the initiative at the European level. Trade associations will now focus on individual countries...

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