Last Wednesday Nov. 4, a global coalition of independent think tanks and institutes released a position paper calling on governments to take steps to accelerate access to Covid-19 medicines.
Six think tanks from the ASEAN signed this paper, two from Indonesia (Center for Indonesian Policy Studies/CIPS and Paramadina Public Policy Inst.), two from Malaysia (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs/IDEAS, Galen Center) and one each from Singapore (Adam Smith Center) and Philippines (Minimal Government Thinkers).
The study was initiated by the Geneva Network which is our friend for many years now. The study identified two important policy measures.
1. Reduce unnecessary medicine costs by:
* Reducing taxes
* Abolishing tariffs
* Eradicating other trade barriers.
2. Accelerate access to medicines by:
* Simplifying the drug approval process
* Modernising government medicine reimbursement decision-making
* Promoting genuine free trade in medicines
* Supporting the innovation system,
The paper can be downloaded at https://geneva-network.com/research/overcoming-obstacles-to-medicines-access/.
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