The intergovernmental regional initiatives of collaboration around access to medicines policy are here to stay.
Beneluxa is not just about lowering medicines’ prices. In fact, it is not even about joint price negotiations per se.
A new culture of cooperation is being fostered among the civil servants of participating EU Member States who pool resources, build capacity and exchange information and expertise. Above all, they are learning to trust each other.
Zooming in on the BeNeLuxA coalition, this latest report from the European Public Health Alliance analyses the multi-layered cooperation, looks at the progress achieved so far and tries to foresee the challenges and opportunities along the way for these alliances in Europe.
The paper concludes that when all parties share the same information, whether or not, in the end, multiple governments will carry out joint price negotiations becomes a secondary issue.