The BeNeLuxA Medicines Access Coalition: Resetting The Balance of Power in Europe?
The BeNeLuxA coalition shows that “resetting the balance of power” is possible to give governments more clout in pricing negotiations, says the European Public Health Alliance.
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Trenches, Silos And Circular Debates: European Health Forum Calls For Collaboration On IP And Medicines Access
A session on intellectual property and its effects on access to new medicines was the subject of heated debate at the recent European Health Forum Gastein conference, with proponents of strong IP protections locking horns with health activists over issues such as the link between IP and high prices.
The BeNeLuxA initiative for improving access to medicines could soon include more countries, but much about the collaboration remains opaque for the pharmaceutical industry. Lawyer Koosje van Lessen Kloeke says constructive dialogue between the initiative and industry would benefit the collaboration.
Two new BeNeLuxA pilots are underway and a website detailing information about the wider initiative is likely to go live soon.