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Wide disparities in access to latest rheumatoid arthritis drugs across Europe
Date:3/6/2013

of restricted access, higher drugs prices were associated with increased disease activity and poorer physical functioning.

"Assuming needs for treatment with DMARDs are similar across countries, differences in access to medical treatment are unfair and raise alarming issues of inequity," write the authors.

Wealthy Western countries continually debate the budgetary impact of expensive drugs, but unaffordability in low income countries is rarely discussed, they note.

The cheap cost of labour means that these expensive drugs are rarely going to be considered a return on investment, in terms of improved productivity, they add, and drug pricing in Europe should be revised, say the authors.


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