The Ministers Summit on The responsible use of medicines, setting policies
for better and cost-effective healthcare was held on 3 October 2012 in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Report summarizes discussions, conclusions and
recommendations from the Summit.
The Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, Mrs Edith
Schippers, hosted a Ministers Summit on the theme of "The Benefits of the Responsible Use of Medicines -
setting policies for better, cost-effective healthcare" with the aim:
- to explore and identify solutions to improve outcomes for patients in
the use of medicines and
- to support sustainable and cost-effective healthcare around the world.
Responsible use of medicines implies that health-system stakeholder
activities and capabilities are aligned to ensure that patients receive the right medicines at the right time, use them
appropriately, and benefit from them. Bringing the right medicines to patients who need them requires the
engagement of all actors, including governments, and a vision on how to integrate public and private
interests and mobilise resources...