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European Commission Publishes State of Health in EU 2019 and Makes Policy Recommendations for Affordable Medicines

  • 28/11/2019
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The European Commission published today its Companion Report on the State of Health in the EU 2019 (see, attached – the “Report”) which forms the culmination of a cycle started in 2016 to develop expertise on performance assessments of the health systems in the Member States.
 
The Report accordingly offers a number of general assessments of policy issues such as the decline in vaccination confidence, the digital transformation of health promotion and disease prevention and the requisite holistic approach in the quest for safe, effective and affordable medication. In addition, the Report also publishes key health findings for each of the 28 Member States.
 
In a chapter entitled “Breaking down silos for safe, effective and affordable medicines”, the Report identifies four areas for Member States to focus on: 

  • Building up Member State capacity to assess the value of medical technology – According to the Report, this implies greater cooperation among Member States, as this will bridge the information gap with suppliers. One channel for cooperation would be created by the proposed Health Technology Assessment Regulation which is currently under review by the EU political institutions.
  • Pooling knowledge and expertise regarding medicine pricing and procurement – The Report favours additional cooperation among and with the national competition authorities that built up expertise on excessive pricing cases and also maps the various forms of governmental cooperation on medicine procurement such as the Beneluxa and Valetta initiatives.
  • Maximising cost savings from generics and biosimilars – The Report notes that the uptake of these product categories is still unevenly spread across the EU.
  • Using medicines appropriately in hospitals – The Report calls for an update of best practices that date back to 2010.

 

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