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The pharmaceutical distribution chain in the European Union: structure and impact on pharmaceutical prices

Kanavos, Panos, Schurer, Willemien and Vogler, Sabine (2011) The pharmaceutical distribution chain in the European Union: structure and impact on pharmaceutical prices. European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

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Abstract

In an environment characterised by fragmentation in the market structure of wholesale and retail entities, significant diversity in terms of remuneration schemes as well as regulations pertaining to operational features of wholesale and retail entities, but also significant developments in policy and practice concerning distribution, the objective of this report, is twofold: First, to map the distribution chain in EU Member States, including the main actors in wholesaling and retailing, discuss the requirements to provide certain services and outline their sources of remuneration, both direct and indirect. Second, to collect and analyse data on distribution margins, fees and service requirements in the originator and generic markets in EU Member States with a view to understanding the impact the distribution chain is having on the prices of reimbursable prescription only medicines (POMs). The report does not address issues relating to over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/healthcare
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 14:33
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51051/

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