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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Who Cares?

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Tue, Feb 12, 2019

In my recent post, I described the underlying changes that are leading to today’s payer-empowered pharmaceutical environment. Now let’s consider the implications of these changes on the negotiation process.


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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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European Drug Pricing Alliances: Force or Farce?

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Affordability of health care for an aging population, the emergence of innovative drugs with promising impact on patient lives and the continuing concerns over prescription drug costs have resulted in a deluge of political attention to drug pricing around the world. Immediately following the launch of Gilead’s Sovaldi, European governments declared an intent to more intensely collaborate on drug price negotiations. The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (later joined by Austria) created an alliance to jointly negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry. Today, the landscape has evolved further. What are the implications of pricing alliances for pharma companies? Will this evolve to one European price negotiation? Or will it disintegrate as countries fail to agree on common standards? Let’s analyze.


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