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Cost-containment policies in public pharmaceutical spending in the EU

  • Carone, Giuseppe
  • Schwierz, Christoph
  • Xavier, Ana

This paper presents and evaluates pharmaceutical policies in the EU aimed at the rational use of medicines and at keeping pharmaceutical spending under control. Policy makers are growing more aware that by regulating pharmaceutical markets correctly, considerable savings can be achieved without compromising the quality of care. Specifically, the paper makes the case that, by following numerous best-practices in pharmaceutical sector regulations, the value for money of pharmaceutical consumption could be substantially increased. Appropriate regulations can be relevant for pricing, reimbursement, market entry and expenditure control, as well as specific policies targeted at the distribution chain, physicians and patients.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 42008.

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Date of creation: 14 Sep 2012
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Publication status: Published in European Economy- Economic Papers 461.ISSN 1(2012): pp. 1-64
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:42008
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  1. Panos Kanavos & Joan Costa-Font, 2005. "Pharmaceutical parallel trade in Europe: stakeholder and competition effects," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 20(44), pages 751-798, October.
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