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Price regulation and relative delays in generic drug adoption

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919, McGuire, Alistair and Varol, Nebibe (2014) Price regulation and relative delays in generic drug adoption. Journal of Health Economics, 38. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0167-6296

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.04.004


Increasing the adoption of generic drugs has the potential to improve static efficiency in a health system without harming pharmaceutical innovation. However, very little is known about the timing of generic adoption and diffusion. No prior study has empirically examined the differential launch times of generics across a comprehensive set of markets, or more specifically the delays in country specific adoption of generics relative to the first country of (generic) adoption. Drawing on data containing significant country and product variation across a lengthy time period (1999 to 2008), we use duration analysis to examine relative delays, across countries, in the adoption of generic drugs. Our results suggest that price regulation has a significant effect on reducing the time to launch of generics, with faster adoption in higher priced markets. The latter result is dependent on the degree of competition and the expected market size.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2014 10:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:50

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