Drugmakers face pressure on prices in Germany

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Drugmakers face pressure on prices in Germany

Postby MSUK » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:15 am

Drugmakers face pressure on prices after Germany votes to break `monopoly'

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Drugmakers face more than 2 billion euros ($2.76 billion) in price cuts in Germany, their biggest market in Europe, after lawmakers in Berlin approved the first controls on the cost of innovative medicines.

The law, backed by the lower house today, gives companies a one-year window to negotiate prices with insurers after introducing new drugs, potentially affecting Novartis AG’s multiple sclerosis treatment Gilenya and AstraZeneca Plc’s blood thinner Brilinta among other medicines that haven’t been approved yet in Europe. If no agreement is reached, the Health Ministry would set a maximum price, and the drugs would undergo a cost-benefit analysis by a semi-state agency....Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/2479
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