Addressing the high burden and significant unmet needs in Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Read this executive summary and download the full report. Download the full report This Policy Roundtable, organised by the European Society for Phenylketonuria and Allied Disorders Treated as Phenylketonuria (ESPKU), was hosted by MEPs Deirdre Clune (Ireland, EPP) and Nessa Childers (Ireland, S&D). Objectives to have an informed discussion on phenylketonuria (PKU) and its impact;to support understanding of the true nature of the condition;to identify the unmet needs in the area of PKU;to gather expert opinions on what can still be done to advance the interests of people living with PKU;to generate political momentum. Potential areas of action, arising from …

Situation of refugee rare metabolic disorder patients (Updated)

According to UNHCR data, currently there are more than 65.000.000 people fleeing from war, conflicts and persecution, as much as never before in history. About 20.000.000 people left their native countries and seek shelter abroad, most of them in Europe. It is a matter of fact that there are a significant number of people amongst these refugees, who suffer from any diagnosed or even undiagnosed rare disease, such as Phenylketonuria (PKU) or other treatable metabolic disorders. All signatory states of the Convention of the United Nations on the rights of persons with disabilities are committed “to take all necessary measures …

Latest developments on the review of the EU legislation on dietary food (FSMP)

New rules for Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) have passed the EU Parliament A delegated regulation on FSMP will complement the provisions on the Food for Specific Consumer Groups Regulation (EU 609/2013) to ensure appropriate requirements for the composition, labelling and communication of FSMPs and thereby shall guarantee availability and perceptibility of low protein food for dietary management of Phenylketonuria and allied disorders In early 2015 we reported on the current review of EU legislation on dietary food: the former Directive 2009/39/EC (framework directive) has been repealed by a new Regulation (EU) 609/2013 on Food for Specific Consumer Groups (FSG) …

Review of EU legislation on dietary food

Review of EU legislation on dietary food could mean a significant backward step for the treatment and management of Phenylketonuria (PKU) On March 28th, 2105 the Spring Meeting of the European Society for Phenylketonuria and Allied Disorders took place in Berlin, Germany. 24 delegates from 13 national PKU Associations took part and discussed the latest political developments. PKU patients have to follow a strict low protein diet supplemented by an amino acid replacement. They have to calculate the intake of Phenylalanine to avoid any health problems related to the disease. Therefore quantitative labelling of Phenylalanine is crucial for their daily …