The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.
Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. We represent companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome disease.
Globally our industry is researching and developing more than 7,000 new medicines.
The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK.
The Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) is a voluntary agreement between the Department of Health (DH), on behalf of UK Government, and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), on behalf of the entire UK pharmaceutical industry, regarding the supply of branded medicines to the National Health Service (NHS) across the four nations of the UK. The 2014 PPRS came into effect on 1 January 2014 and runs for five years.
The pharmaceutical industry has agreed to keep NHS expenditure on branded medicines flat for two years and under 2% growth for the following three years. Companies will make percentage payments based on any difference between allowed growth and actual growth in NHS expenditure on branded medicines, subject to the agreed exclusions.
134 companies, representing 93% of the UK, branded industry joined the voluntary PPRS, which was agreed in November 2013 following the most complex pricing negotiations ever experienced.