PRESS RELEASES PUBLISHED BY MEDICINES FOR EUROPE
Medicines for Europe can contribute much more to improve healthcare sustainability than described in the OECD “Health at a Glance 2016” report
Brussels - 24 November 2016 - Medicines for Europe assessed the publication of the report ‘Health at a Glance 2016’ launched yesterday prepared by the OECD for the European Commission. The report acknowledges that the development of generic medicines markets increases efficiency in pharmaceutical spending, however it focusses on short term cost-containment rather than taking into account access to medicines and the long-term sustainability of healthcare. Generic cost-containment policies have had no significant impact on overall healthcare budgets as the expenditure for generic medicines is only 2-3%. On the other hand, as underlined by the German Pharma Dialogue, cost-containment measures such as tendering significantly increase the risk of medicines shortages that ultimately undermine patient health. The most extreme examples of medicines shortages in Europe are found in countries with unsustainable pharmaceutical pricing policies such as Romania, where the combination of external reference pricing, price linkage and clawback have led to the withdrawal of 2000 medicines and chronic shortages of inexpensive medicines.
European Commission Strongly Recommends the Use of Generic and Biosimilar Medicines to Ensure the Sustainability of Healthcare Systems
Brussels - 14 October 2016 - Medicines for Europe welcomes the publication of the ‘Joint Report on Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems & Fiscal Sustainability’ prepared by DG ECFIN and the Economic Policy Committee (Ageing Working Group). The report presents policy challenges for healthcare and long-term care, and options on how to contain spending pressures through efficiency gains, in order to ensure fiscally sustainable access to good quality services for all. Increased use of generic and biosimilar medicines in medical practice is a central policy option put forward to increase the health status of the European population without necessarily increasing expenditure. The report highlights the need for policy action to safeguard and sustain the contribution of healthcare and long-term care systems to improve population health. Several recommendations are presented in order to get more value for money, ensure access to medicines and increase the cost-effectiveness of healthcare and long-term care services. Generic and biosimilar medicines in particular have a pivotal role to play in this process.
Rome, October 12, 2016 – Through generic medicine competition , twice as many patients were able to get treatment without any impact on the treatment cost, according to the conclusions of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics study on The Role of Generic Medicines in Sustaining Healthcare Systems: A European and Italian Perspective presented today in Rome during the Assogenerici Public Assembly.
The Value Added Medicines Group Highlights the Importance of Access to Health during the CPhI Conference
BARCELONA - 3 OCTOBER 2016- The Value Added Medicines Group a sector group of Medicines for Europe, participated in the CPhI Pre-connect Conference today to promote greater access to medicines for patients across Europe. During the conference, Pieter Dylst, Senior Manager Market Access & Value Added Medicines at Medicines for Europe presented the new study Value Added Medicines: Rethink, Reinvent & Optimise Medicines: Improving Patient Health and Access. The report byMondher Toumi, Professor of Public Health at Aix-Marseille University, identified several areas of healthcare inefficiencies in Europe. It highlights new opportunities for innovation, health improvements and budget efficiency but also identifies several barriers to the uptake of value added medicines. To ensure that all stakeholders concerned can access and take advantage of this innovation, we need clear market access pathways that recognise the benefits these medicines provide.
BRUSSELS - 30 SEPTEMBER 2016- Medicines for Europe strongly supports the French government campaign to boost generic medicines. Thanks to generic medicines, in Europe twice as many patients in 7 key therapeutic areas (diabetes, depression, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, asthma/COPD, gastro-intestinal disease)have been able to be treated over the last ten years with no impact on overall treatment costs. Nowadays, generic medicines account for 35% of all dispensed medicines in France but account for only 18% of the pharmaceutical expenditure. Generic medicines contribute significantly to healthcare in France by ensuring greater access to medicines for patients and offering more options to healthcare professionals to treat their patients.
LISBON - 28 SEPTEMBER 2016- Without the use of generic medicines, European countries would spend a hundred billion euros more per year to treat patients. This is one of the conclusions of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics study on The Role of Generic Medicines in Sustaining Healthcare Systems: A European Perspective presented today in Portugal during the seminar “The Value of Generic Medicines”, organised by APOGEN.
Medicines for Europe and GPhA commit to supporting positive developments of the negotiations for a TTIP
WASHINGTON DC - 23 SEPTEMBER 2016- Medicines for Europe and GPhA (Generic Pharmaceutical Association) are committed to supporting positive developments of the negotiations for a TTIP agreement and in particular the single development of biosimilar and complex generic medicines and the regulatory cooperation on pharmaceuticals therein. The conclusion of a Mutual Recognition Agreement on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspections between the EU and US would strongly stimulate efficiency and help ensure the quality of medicines while removing unnecessary duplications for both the industry and regulators. A joint Medicines for Europe and GPhA delegation led by their top management and composed of member companies’ senior managers has made a round of meetings in Washington DC during last week on the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). USTR, FDA, and several offices of Congress were amongst the visited US institutions.