HealthcarePapers 3(1) July 2002 : 87-94.doi:10.12927/hcpap..16916
Good health policy is all about getting the incentives right. For drugs, the right incentives would:
- Encourage industry to develop new drugs that provide substantial clinical benefits compared with existing alternatives.
- Ensure that high quality information about the benefits and harms of drugs in the real world is available.
- Discourage the development of "me too" drugs.
- Establish drug prices that have a reasonable correlation with their incremental benefit, reward industry appropriately, and are affordable from a societal point of view.
- Ensure that drugs are given to those who will benefit, and not to those with little to gain.
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