Competition

Competition issues in the distribution of pharmaceuticals

 

2014 GLOBAL FORUM ON COMPETITION LOOKS AT PHARMACEUTICALS DISTRIBUTION MARKET 

Pharmaceuticals are very special products, because of the peculiar characteristics of their demand and supply. Hence their distribution from the manufacturers till the final consumer is heavily regulated to ensure that drugs are accessible, affordable, and safely consumed. Despite this need for regulatory constraints, competition can and should play a role in ensuring that the market for the distribution of pharmaceuticals works well for consumers, so that these can benefit from higher quality, greater choice and variety, more innovation and lower prices.

The 2014 Global Forum on Competition (27-28 February) debated competition issues in the distribution of pharmaceuticals during its second day of discussions.

The full-day session provided an overview of how competition works in this market, to identify the main problems that can arise at different levels of the distribution chain and to better understand the interplay between competition and regulation.

Participants were encouraged to discuss competition cases, and the way regulations (or other forms of government intervention) interact with competition throughout the supply chain, and any advocacy efforts arising from such analysis.

Six experts lived up the discussion and delegations had the opportunity to further discuss the topic during breakout sessions in the afternoon. 

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SEE ALSO

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FEBRUARY 2014
COMPETITION WEEK

Other OECD Competition meetings were held in February 2014. Find out more about other topics under discussion.  

GLOBAL FORUM SESSION DOCUMENTATION

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Panellists, related papers and presentations

Background Note | Note de Référence

  • Farasat BOKHARI (Senior Lecturer in Economics, University East Anglia) presenting Evaluating wholesale and retail mergers in pharmaceuticals English | Français | PPT

  • Aidan HOLLIS (Professor, University of Calgary, Canada)  PPT

  • Panos KANAVOS (Reader in International Health Policy, London School of Economics) presenting Competition issues in the distribution of pharmaceuticals EnglishFrançaisPPT

  • Adrian MAJUMDAR (Partner, RBB Economics) presenting A UK retail perspective PPT

  • Pradeep S MEHTA (Secretary General, CUTS) presenting Competition issues in marketing in the Indian pharmaceutical sector  PPT

  • Valérie PARIS (Senior Health Policy Analyst, OECD Health Division) presenting A core set of indicators to characterise and assess the distribution chain in the pharmaceutical sector PPT

  • Sabine VOGLER (Head of the Pharma Team, Austrian Health Institute and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre) presenting Liberalization in the pharmacy sector English | Français | PPT
 

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