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Government and industry reach new pricing deal to cut NHS drugs bill

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a464 (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1455
  1. Andrew Jack
  1. 1Financial Times

    The government and the drug industry this week reached an outline agreement on a new contract for drug prices in the United Kingdom over the next five years. It is expected that the deal will cut the annual £9bn (€11bn; $18bn) drug bill in the UK’s health services by 5% by 2009.

    The announcement follows a year of intense and tough negotiations after the Department of Health said it was unilaterally cancelling the current pharmaceutical price regulation scheme (PPRS) halfway through its planned duration (BMJ 2007;335:273 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39300.405822.DB).

    The PPRS, which normally runs for five years, allows companies to set drug prices freely …

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