The Access Journey

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Thu, Feb 21, 2019

How do we devise an optimal strategy to ensure patient access to our treatments in an age of value and affordability? How do we incorporate the impact of payers, medical communities, providers, prescribers and patients in a framework that helps us make trade-offs for development and commercialization decisions? It’s time to start the “access journey.”


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The WHO Report and Access to Cancer Medicines

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Tue, Feb 05, 2019

The World Health Organization’s recently published report, “Pricing of Cancer Medicines and its Impacts,” has elevated the issue to the agenda of the WHO’s executive board and is likely to ignite a lot of debate and some potential actions. While the report raises some very legitimate concerns related to access to anti-cancer drugs for patients, it also falls short of understanding the pharmaceutical industry environment. Rather than simply blaming the industry, it would be more productive to understand what’s standing in the way of collaboration to address patient needs and then jointly try to develop realistic programs to resolve it.


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2017 Fair Pricing Forum: The Message for Pharma CEOs

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

This article was originally published in the June 2017 issue of In Vivo.

Drug pricing continues to be a social and political dilemma that forms a divide between the drug industry on one side and medical community, governments and patients on the other side. Frustrations over the high cost of prescription drugs have resulted in a groundswell of government and private initiatives to increase transparency, analyze value through various frameworks or directly control pricing.


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Five Observations From the 2017 Fair Pricing Forum

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Mon, May 15, 2017

In May, I joined various members of governmental organizations, patient organizations and the life sciences industry at the 2017 Fair Pricing Forum, an invitation-only meeting to discuss “fair pricing” for medications in Amsterdam. Organized by the World Health Organization and the Dutch Ministry of Health, the meeting prompted a productive dialogue among stakeholders but also revealed a worrisome gap in the overall perception of the drug pricing discussion. The pharmaceutical industry’s viewpoint was widely underrepresented, with attendance heavily weighted toward governments and activists, and only a small industry delegation.


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The UK's Pay-or-Play Solution: A Horribly Flawed Idea

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Fri, May 20, 2016

We desperately need new anti-infective drugs to avoid life threatening infections! Let’s make that happen by punishing companies who don’t invest in R&D for these specific drugs.

No, this is not a bad joke, but rather a slightly paraphrased recommendation of a U.K. government-commissioned Review of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Let’s look at the details.


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