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Parliamentary questions
7 April 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

Measures regulating prices of medicines as well as organisation of health systems and delivery of care are Member States' responsibility.

Despite its limited competences, the Commission is promoting improved exchange of information among Member States on their pricing policies to minimise negative effects on the accessibility of medicines and strengthening their cooperation on a voluntary basis; in particular through tools such as a European medicine price database (Euripid). It also facilitates the exchange of best practices and knowledge among Member States through the Network of competent authorities responsible for pricing and reimbursement(1).

To support Member States in their efforts to ensure sustainability of their healthcare budgets, the Commission has recently conducted a public consultation for an initiative to strengthen EU cooperation on health technology assessment(2).

The Council recently called upon the Member States to implement measures with a view to ‘strengthening the cost-effective use, availability, accessibility and affordability of medicines by implementing policies such as promoting public procurement and the role of generics and biosimilars, appropriate price-control policies and rational use of medicines’(3).

The Commission has, within the European Competition Network, supported national competition authorities when they fined companies for having abused their dominant position by means of excessive prices for medicines that lost their market exclusivity.

(1)Known as CAPR
(3)Council conclusions on EPC‐ Commission Joint Report on healthcare and long-term care in the EU, adopted by the Council (Ecofin) at its 3495th meeting held on 8 November 2016 in Brussels.

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