[Ip-health] OECD background paper on excessive pricing in pharmaceuticals

Chee Yoke Ling yokeling at twnetwork.org
Thu Oct 25 16:41:59 PDT 2018

Dear Suerie

Thanks for sharing this - the use of competition law as a remedy for excessive pricing and abuse of patents is an important area that really needs more attention. Will certainly look at this OECD paper more closely.

The Malaysian Competition Commission undertook a pharmaceutical sector market review in 2017 and Fred Abbott's work really helped us:  http://mycc.gov.my/sites/default/files/media-review/Market%20Review%20on%20Pharmaceutical%20Sector.pdf 

Yoke Ling

Chee Yoke Ling
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Third World Network
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On Oct 25, 2018, at 9:36 PM, Suerie Moon <suerie.moon at graduateinstitute.ch> wrote:

> Dear ip-health readers,
> OECD's Competition Committee Secretariat released this background paper on
> excessive pricing in the pharmaceutical market in early October:
> http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=DAF/COMP(2018)12&docLanguage=En
> Overall they seem to take a rather cautious approach to using competition
> law as a tool to control prices, but do see some areas for potential use.
> For those who are interested in the topic -- Prof Fred Abbott gave a very
> interesting presentation on competition law and excessive pricing at the
> recent Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest in Washington DC, and
> his work is cited in the OECD report.
> I am no expert on competition law, and would be interested in hearing the
> views of this report from others who have looked more closely at the
> topic.
> Best wishes,
> Suerie
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