Netherlands

Netherlands: Debate between Dutch Minister of Care and pharmaceutical companies

Lars Braams

On 27 August 2019, the Dutch Minister of Care wrote an open letter in one of the main Dutch newspapers (De Volkskrant), addressed to pharmaceutical companies. In the letter he requested price transparency. He stated that when an explanation for a price increase is proposed by a pharmaceutical company (for example, high development costs or Read More

Netherlands: Hospitals request three-year suspension of Dutch Competition Act

Hannah Smit

The Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ) has published a press release announcing that it has appealed for a three-year temporary suspension of the Dutch Competition Act in the healthcare sector, as various healthcare institutions have entered into arrangements to save on costs that may be in violation of the Act. For example, the institutions have Read More

Excessive pricing practices in the pharmaceutical sector – NCAs’ scrutiny continues

Nele De Backer

Last week, the Belgian and Italian consumer associations Test Aankoop/Test Achats and Altroconsumo filed complaints with their respective national competition authorities, alleging that the pharmaceutical group Biogen is abusing its dominant position by charging excessively high prices for the medicine Spinraza, which it has the exclusive right to market as an orphan drug until 2029. Read More

Dutch Parliament agrees with amendment of Medicines Prices Act

Alex Crespo van de Kooij

On 2 July 2019, the Dutch Parliament voted in favour of a proposed amendment of the Medicines Prices Act. The amendment would result in Norway replacing Germany as one of the four reference countries for the maximum prices of medicines in the Netherlands. Belgium, France and the UK are the other three. The Medicines Prices Act Read More

Dutch medicines regulator updates policy on how to carve out patented indications

Lars Braams

On 8 May 2019, the Dutch Medicines Agency (CBG/MEB) published a revised policy on generic manufacturers’ ability to carve out patented indications from their product information (that is, leaflet and summary of product characteristics). This new policy is a direct result of the CJEU’s preliminary ruling in Staat der Nederlanden v Warner-Lambert Company LLC (Case Read More