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First OIFE Leadership Meeting

The European member organizations of OIFE virtually came together on February 1st to learn about what’s happening in pharmacological research and how the patient organizations in Europe can work nationally and on a European level to improve access to new and potential treatments for OI. In addition to the delegates, leaders from the European OI-organizations…

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Guide for parents after diagnosis

Your newborn child is finally here, but when you discover that all is not as it should be, what do you do? – When your child is diagnosed with a rare condition, there are so many things that go through your head. OIFE recommends the publication “Guide for parents after diagnosis”  to parents after they…

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One month to Rare Disease Day!

Today marks the launch of the OIFE awareness campaign connected to Rare Disease Day which takes place on the last day of February each year. What is Rare Disease Day? The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on people’s…

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RARE2030 – Survey to shape future policy

We need your help! OIFE and EURORDIS need your opinion on future policy for people with OI and other rare diseases! If enough people with OI worldwide provide an answer to this survey, it will help us shape the future of rare disease policies regarding access to health care, medical and social research and diagnosis…

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Council of Federations meeting

One or two times a year, members of OIFE’s Executive Committee attend the Council of European Rare Disease Federations (CEF) in EURORDIS. On November 26th and 27th Ingunn and Bruno attended the Zoom-meeting, where more than 90 people from all over Europe took part. Topics included Rare Disease Week 2021, ERNs, Access to therapies, EU…

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OIFE needs patient representatives

Are you interested in research & policy work? As a European umbrella organization, we are more and more often asked to recruit patient representatives for research projects related to OI. This includes both clinical research and basic research. OIFE therefore needs to recruit and educate more people who can represent the voices of people with…

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Covid-19 Helpline in Orphanet Journal

Patient involvement in ERN BOND Patient involvement has been an important principle in the European Reference Network for Rare Bone Disorders (ERN BOND) all the way from the start. Patient representatives are included in both the steering committee and the working groups of the network. OIFE and other patient organizations are consulted when further advice…

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OIFE at Summer School on Registries

EuRR-Bone Registry Did you know that there is a European registry on rare bone disorders being developed? It’s called EuRR-Bone and has received funding from the EU. OIFE has two patient representatives involved in the development of EuRR-Bone including the disease specific module on OI. Summer School on Rare Disease Registries To become more knowledgeable…

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OIFE at seminar on drug pricing

Can patient engagement foster access? On September 24th representatives from OIFE attended a very interesting webinar on pricing of rare disease drugs. It was called “How patient engagement can foster access through improved affordability” and included lectures from pharma companies, patient experts and health economists. The speakers raised a lot of important questions like: What…

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