Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 11 May 2017
by Beurs van Berlage
World Health Organization
The main aim of the Forum was to enable stakeholders to discuss options for a fairer pricing system that is sustainable for both health systems and the pharmaceutical industries.
The Forum sought to address three questions:
- What can governments do to ensure fairer medicines prices and greater access?
- What can industry do?
- How can WHO support the process?
Key issues addressed included: developing alternative approaches for research and development (R&D) and business models for innovation; facilitating collaboration among payers by expanding current networks to include other relevant stakeholders and countries; increasing exchange of information, for example to assess the value of new products; promoting transparency of prices paid, R&D costs, production costs, and profit margins.