Informal Advisory Group on the Availability and Affordability of Cancer Medicines, Report of the meeting 4 – 6 April 2018. Geneva, Switzerland World Health Organization; 2018
(2018; 13 pages)

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At the Seventieth World Health Assembly in 2017, World Health Organization (WHO) Member States adopted resolution WHA70.12, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach, and WHO was requested to prepare a technical report on pricing approaches for cancer medicines for presentation to the Executive Board. An informal advisory group meeting was convened by WHO in April 2018 to obtain relevant input from experts nominated by all WHO Regional Offices. The consultation aimed to provide expert advice on the scope of the report, on the benefits and consequences of various pricing approaches for cancer medicines and on options for improving the availability and affordability of cancer medicines.

The group met from 4 to 6 April 2018 to provide expert advice on:

  • the scope of the report, analytical feasibility and case studies;
  • the benefits and consequences of various pricing approaches for cancer medicines;
  • options for improving availability and affordability of cancer medicines.At the Seventieth World Health Assembly in 2017, World Health Organization (WHO) Member States adopted resolution WHA70.12, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach, and WHO was requested to prepare a technical report on pricing approaches for cancer medicines for presentation to the Executive Board. A cancer medicines working group (CMWG) was convened by WHO in March 2018 at the recommendation of the WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines. The CMWG aims to obtain relevant input from experts to guide the selection of optimal cancer medicines under consideration for inclusion in the Essential Medicines List (EML).
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