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    Posted in category News Release by Press Office on 25/05/2011

    News release – Value-based pricing must be part of a package of measures if it is to increase patient access to branded medicines

In a key note speech to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s annual conference today, Director of Value and Access, Paul Catchpole, will welcome the Government’s broader definition of value, but caution that the devil is in the detail.


​Mr Catchpole will tell delegates that the ABPI and industry stand poised to work with the Government with the shared aim of increasing patient access to innovative new medicines but that in order for it to be workable, we need a single system that covers new medicines launched after 1 January 2014 and those already on the market.

He will say that the UK is unique among western nations in the structure of both its national health service and its medicines reimbursement system which has evolved to ensure it remains contemporary and addresses the changing needs of Government and industry.

But he will add a note of caution, stressing that:

  • Value-based pricing (VBP) alone will not increase medicines uptake – that will require a more holistic scheme where the value is released because the right patients get access to and use the medicines;
  • For the first few years, VBP will only apply to about 5% of medicines, which means that there must be a single, workable system that encompasses all medicines; and,
  • Innovation must be recognised and fairly rewarded if the system is to work for everyone.

Mr Catchpole will say that in order to incentivise innovation, a better understanding of how pharmaceutical innovation works is needed. He will say:

  • Innovation unfolds over decades;
  • Medicines often end up treating conditions for which they were not originally conceived; and,
  • New mechanisms of action may initially appear to offer only small benefits but ultimately go on to influence the creation of new classes of therapeutics that replace all previous treatment.

He will tell the ABPI conference that industry is optimistic, VBP is an opportunity, but it is not without risks and challenges, which cannot be ignored.

Paul Catchpole is speaking at the ABPI Annual Conference at Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY at 15:30 on Wednesday 25 May.


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We represent innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, both large and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK. 

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