European ministers tackle higher medicijnprijzen to
European zorgministers go in december in Lisbon with the bosses of the big pharmaceutical companies to the table about the high prices of some medications.
That minister Edith Schippers (public Health) and her Portuguese colleague Adalberto Campos Fernandes agreed.
The interviews with the pharmaceutical companies are an initiative of Skippers. The occasion is the social and political debate about the high costs of promising new drugs, especially expensive cancer drugs. A first meeting was in may, during the Dutch EU-presidency.
“To be in the best interest of the patient’s actual outcome, it is important that we, as European governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers more together, talking about each other,” says Schippers. In Portugal will also patients are represented.
Schippers was Monday in the Slovak capital Bratislava, where the informal EU Health council was held.
Countries are themselves often too small to be with the internationally operating pharmaceutical companies to negotiate. Schippers is working on a European block which the bargaining power is strengthened.