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Drug price differentials caused by de-listing and price cap policies

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  • Joan Ramon Borrell Arque

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

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This paper analyses the behaviour of pharmaceutical companies that face the threat of having their drugs excluded from reimbursement and the markets characterised also by price caps. We conclude that price elasticity of demand and cost differentials cause the price discounts which drug firms offer to health care organisations. Additionally, we conclude that price cap regulations affect the time path of prices, resulting in higher prices for new products and lower prices for old products.

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Paper provided by Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 70.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:bar:bedcje:200170

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