[Ip-health] For info: TACD resolution on the transparency of pharmaceutical economies

Alexandra Graziano agraziano at consint.org
Mon Feb 18 09:38:28 PST 2019

Dear all,

Given the interest in the Italy resolution on transparency, it might be interesting to review a 2000 resolution developed by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) on the transparency of pharmaceutical economies.

The resolution can be found here<http://tacd.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/TACD-HEALTH-06-00-Transparency-of-Pharmaceutical-Economics.pdf>.

Most relevant to Italy's proposal is part 2 of the resolution, which reads as follows:

2. TACD recommends that consumers and policy makers obtain better information about pharmaceutical economics. One of the most vexing issues in pharmaceutical policy making is the paucity of data to justify pharmaceutical industry assertions regarding drug development costs, profit margins or other relevant economic data. Governments have been negligent in collecting independent data on pharmaceutical economics. Accurate data on the economics of the pharmaceutical industry are needed to evaluate a wide range of government policies, including, for example:

i. patent extensions,

ii. pricing,

iii. market exclusivity for health registration data,

iv. orphan drug market exclusivity,

v. compulsory licensing,

vi. government technology transfer policies,

vii. scope of patents, and

viii. taxes

There is a substantial public interest in having more detailed disclosures of private sector R&D investments, to address such questions as what is the percentage of R&D investments spent on development of new and innovative products, as opposed to "me too" therapies? How much of the private sector R&D budget is spent on non-essential medicines? What is the private sector allocation of spending between pre-clinical development, clinical trials, and post approval R&D? How much R&D is spent on tropical illnesses and other diseases that affect the poor? How much did the drug benefit from public subsidies?

Best regards,

Alexandra Graziano

TACD Coordinator
Consumers International

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