[Ip-health] Politico: Italy submits drug pricing transparency resolution to WHO

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Mon May 20 10:41:29 PDT 2019

*Italy submits drug pricing transparency resolution to WHO*

-- By Sarah Wheaton and Helen Collis
5/20/19, 6:39 PM CET |

The Italian government formally submitted late today a new draft of its
medicine cost and pricing transparency for consideration at the World
Health Assembly, a health ministry spokeswoman said.

The submission, just ahead of today’s deadline, means the resolution will
be considered during the discussion about access to medicines at the World
Health Organization’s annual gathering of all member countries in Geneva.


The latest version shows Italy rejected some attempts by countries to
weaken the resolution; for example Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and the
U.S. did not want to make public the costs incurred by carrying out
clinical trials.

Italy instead leaned towards suggestions by countries including Greece and
Ecuador to strengthen the resolution, by including for example, a
declaration about enhancing publicly available information on the “costs
throughout the value chain” of medicines, vaccines, cell and gene therapies.

The submission shows Italy is determined to press forward with the
transparency initiative, despite initial grumbling
some other EU countries that the government did not go through the normal
process of bringing such matters to the Council of the EU first, as well as
calls for consideration of the measure to be postponed
next year.

Beyond Italy’s original nine cosponsors
which included Greece, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain, Tunisia and Egypt
signed on to today’s version of the resolution.

Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org

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