- Todos > Medicine Access and Rational Use > Pricing
- Todos > Public Health, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Trade > Intellectual Property (IP) and Trade
- Palabras clave > access to medicines
- Palabras clave > availability, affordability, and quality of pharmaceutical products
- Palabras clave > differential pricing
- Palabras clave > medicine prices
- Palabras clave > parallel drug market
- Palabras clave > parallel importation
- Palabras clave > parallel trade
- Palabras clave > prices / pricing policy
- Palabras clave > prices of patented products
- Palabras clave > traceability - repackaging of medicines
(2009; 5 pages)
A stylised demand curve for patented medicines in the EU was constructed and the price and availability of medicines were predicted by comparing the situation in which prices converge with differentiated prices.
Parallel trade causes prices of patented medicines to converge. A single EU price would reduce both the numbers of patients with affordable access to patented medicines and profits by about 25% compared to optimally differentiated prices.
The best option from the point of view of health care policy would be to prohibit the repackaging of medicines and require traceability throughout the supply chain.