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Patentes, regulación de precios e innovación en la industria farmacéutica



The trade-off between property rights/price regulation and innovation depends on country characteristics and drug industry specificities. Access to drugs and innovation can be reconciled by seven ways that, among others, include: public health strengthening in the countries with the largest access problems (those among the poor with the weakest institutions); public and private aid to make attractive R&D on neglected diseases; price discrimination with market segmentation; to require patent owners to choose either protection in the rich countries or protection in the poor countries (but not both). Regarding price regulation, after a review of theoretical arguments and empirical evidence, seven strategies to reconcile health and industrial considerations are outlined, including: mitigation of the medical profession dependence on the pharmaceutical industry; consideration of a drug as an input of a production process; split drug authorization from public funding decisions; establish an efficiency minimum for all health production inputs; and stop the European R&D hemorrhagia.

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  • Vicente Ortún, 2004. "Patentes, regulación de precios e innovación en la industria farmacéutica," Economics Working Papers 754, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:754

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    1. Danzon, Patricia M. & Chao, Li-Wei, 2000. "Cross-national price differences for pharmaceuticals: how large, and why?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 159-195, March.
    2. Danzon, Patricia M & Chao, Li-Wei, 2000. "Does Regulation Drive out Competition in Pharmaceutical Markets?," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 43(2), pages 311-357, October.
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    I+D farmacéutico; acceso a medicamentos; patentes; regulación de precios; política industrial; política sanitaria;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • D45 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Rationing; Licensing
    • P35 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Public Finance
    • K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law

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