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pharmiweb.com today | 27 November 2014

ABPI publishes international comparative report on medicines usage

New research published today by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) shows that the UK uses branded medicines less per person than many other countries but tends to use older rather than the latest medicines. This means that fewer patients in the UK are receiving new, innovative medicines than the average in a range of comparable, developed countries.

The report, International Comparison of Medicines Usage: Quantitative Analysis was compiled by the Office of Health Economics (OHE) and updates the 2010 Richards Report which examined the extent and causes of variations in international medicines use....

David Watson, the ABPI’s Director of Pricing and Reimbursement, said: “Whilst this report highlights an improvement in ranking for the use of some medicines and a decline in just a few areas, overall the UK has remained static in the bottom half of the table which is disappointing given the number of initiatives in place since 2009 to improve patient access to newer medicines.

“The UK’s continued use of older medicines, especially to treat cancer and diabetes, highlights a failing in the system to ensure that patients benefit from the new, innovative treatments the pharmaceutical industry is developing to improve patients’ health outcomes.  We are seeing NICE recommended medicines facing further review, restrictions and modifications compared to NICE guidance.

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