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Parliamentary questions
11 July 2017
E-003237/2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

As medicinal products have different benefits and costs, the Health authorities of Member States need to carefully decide on reimbursement to ensure good value to the health system in general and to patients. To support the rationalisation of pharmaceutical expenditure, while guaranteeing full access, the Greek authorities revised the criteria to introduce innovative drugs into the list of publicly reimbursed ones.

New criteria have been designed to improve on the shortcomings of the previous method and allow for internal capacity building in the area of Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The Commission through the Structural Reform Support Service together with the World Health Organisation are assisting Greece to build this capacity.

In the meantime, it was agreed that the Greek authorities would take an informed decision based on the judgments reached following HTA processes in six Member States. The choice of six Member States was the result of a sensitivity analysis and ensures objectivity. Although this may prolong slightly the time for a decision to be taken in Greece, it will ensure the right balance between supporting patients' access whilst ensuring sustainability of the health system.

In addition, the authorities are taking measures to reduce pharmaceutical prices and incentivising generics penetration, such as incentives to pharmacists to dispense cost-effective generics.

Together with this they revised the rebates system, simplifying it and rendering it transparent. Merging the previous components into one single formula increases efficiency of collection and facilitates providers with more predictable net profits.

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