Russo, Pierluigi; Carletto, Angelica; Németh, Gergely; Habl, Claudia (2021): Medicine price transparency and confidential managed-entry agreements in Europe: findings from the EURIPID survey. Health Policy, 125 (9). pp. 1140-1145.

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Pricing of pharmaceuticals is an all-time challenge for healthcare systems. Often public payers agree with companies on confidential managed-entry agreements (MEAs) that, e.g. foresee discounts under specific circumstances. The EURIPID Executive Committee surveyed 22 European countries, who all reported the use of confidential agreements between pharmaceutical companies and public payers, confirming that the actual prices paid are typically lower than the published list price. In 68% of the countries, the confidentiality of MEAs is required by non-disclosure clauses between companies and public payers. In some countries (27%) this is even backed up by a specific law. Our study identified legal constraints for the sharing of information on actual prices and confidential agreements among European countries and consequently restrictions in transparency. In conclusion, the EURIPID survey findings suggest that the current possibility to improve the medicines’ price transparency across countries is limited and the issue probably requires international institutional engagement, at least to coordinate initiatives toward a greater collaboration among member states.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Internationales, Policy, Evaluation und Digitalisierung
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2021 07:54
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 06:54