Inviting Innovation - Pharmaceutical Executive


Inviting Innovation
Will a new health council speed the introduction of innovative medicines in the United Kingdom?

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"The medicines bill has to be put into the context of the overall healthcare spend," says ABPI's Barker. "In the UK, we have an average per capita level of healthcare spending, but the spend on medicines is well below average." He adds that the primary care trusts, which are responsible for healthcare spending at a local level, are unable to budget for new medicines because they don't take a long-term view—they budget only in the short term. This fundamental area of being able to find the money to pay for innovations is one area that the new council will have to address.

Brooksby agrees that this short-term thinking cannot be good for the long-term sustainability of either healthcare provision or the pharma industry. "It would be easy for me to run my company to make a huge profit for the next few months," he says. "But there wouldn't be much of a company left next year!"


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