[Ip-health] Council of Europe calls on measures to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to respond more effectively to public health needs
durisch at ladb.ch
Thu Oct 1 05:19:43 PDT 2015
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has massively voted in favour<http://www.assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/News/News-View-EN.asp?newsid=5794&lang=2&cat=8> of a report/resolution entitled "Public health and the interests of the pharmaceutical industry: how to guarantee the primacy of public health interests?" (118 in favour, 8 against, 7 abstentions).
The final resolution can be found here<http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=22154&lang=en>, and the explanatory memorandum by the Rapporteur here<http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=22030&lang=en>.
Among the calls on the Council of Europe's members states (47 countries) contained in the resolution:
* oblige companies to ensure absolute transparency regarding the real costs of R&D
* adopt a stricter marketing authorisation policy (criteria of added therapeutic value, "need clause", ...)
* mandatory publishing of the results of all clinical tests on new medicines
* recourse, where necessary, to mandatory licenses to ensure that medicines whose effectiveness has been established remain on the market
* excluding those with a conflict of interest from sensitive decision-making, absolute transparency regarding linked interests of experts working with health authorities, obligation on pharmaceutical companies to declare linked interests with all health sector players
* mandatory levy on promotional activities of the pharmaceutical industry and use it, inter alia, to finance a public fund to be used for the independent training of health-care professionals
* introduce strict regulations governing the movement from a position in the public sector to one in the private sector (and vice versa)
* increase funding of patients' associations from public funds
* prohibit any agreement which aims to delay, for no medical justification, the marketing of generic medicines
* impose dissuasive fines of a percentage of their turnover for any illegality carried out by drug companies
* set up a public fund to finance independent research geared to unmet health needs, including in the field of rare and paediatric diseases
* calls on the WHO to put forward alternatives to the current patent-based model for developing drugs
The debates can still be followed on the webcast<http://clients.dbee.com/coe/webcast/index.php?id=20150929-1&lang=en&ch=4> in French or English for those who are interested. There are also (provisional) verbatim records<http://assembly.coe.int/Documents/Records/2015/E/1509291000E.htm> if you prefer.
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