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Nuevas perspectivas sobre el precio de los medicamentos: El caso español/New Perspectives on Drug Pricing: The Spanish Case



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La mayoría de los países de nuestro entorno socioeconómico regula el precio de los medicamentos nuevos (protegi¬dos por una patente), sobremanera si son objeto de financiación con fondos públicos. Pese a existir razones teóricas y por tanto argumentos compartidos, las formas de intervención pueden diferir notablemente entre países y en el tiempo. De hecho, el centro de atención se ha ido desplazando del flanco de los costes (perspectiva del productor) al flanco del valor (perspectiva del usuario/sociedad). Con apoyo en la legislación y en la escasa evidencia empírica disponible, se concluyó que en España la intervención no responde al nuevo enfoque del precio basado en el valor terapéutico aportado por el medicamento frente a las alternativas disponibles. Asimismo, el caso español fue objeto de comparación con Estados Unidos y Suecia. Most developed countries regulate prices for on-patent drugs, especially if they are publicly funded. Although theoretical reasons -and therefore shared justifications- exist to intervene, pricing schemes may differ considerably from one country to another, as well as in the course of time. In fact, the current focus has been shifting away from cost considerations (the manufacturer´s perspective) towards value considerations (the user/society perspective). With the support of the current legislation and the scarce empirical evidence available to date, it was concluded that in Spain the intervention does not respond to a value-based pricing approach, namely, the prices of new drugs do not reflect their therapeutic value relative to existing alternatives. Besides, the Spanish case was compared with Sweden and the United States.

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  • Cabiedes Miragaya, Laura, 2013. "Nuevas perspectivas sobre el precio de los medicamentos: El caso español/New Perspectives on Drug Pricing: The Spanish Case," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 31, pages 397-416, Septiembr.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:31_2_14

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    1. Z. John Lu & William S. Comanor, 1998. "Strategic Pricing Of New Pharmaceuticals," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 80(1), pages 108-118, February.
    2. Dean, Joel, 1969. "Pricing Pioneering Products," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(3), pages 165-179, July.
    3. Mats Ekelund & Björn Persson, 2003. "Pharmaceutical Pricing in a Regulated Market," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 85(2), pages 298-306, May.
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    Nuevos principios activos; innovación terapéutica; regulación del precio de los medicamentos; precio basado en el valor ; New Chemical Entities; Therapeutic Innovation; Pharmaceutical Price Regulation; Value-Based Pricing .;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • L65 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Chemicals; Rubber; Drugs; Biotechnology; Plastics
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation


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