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Generic & biosimilar medicines pivotal for safe, effective and affordable access to medicines in Europe


28 Nov 2019


Health & Consumers
The European Commission has identified the use of generic and biosimilar medicines as crucial for EU health systems in a report released today.
Detailing the potential benefits of generic and biosimilar medicines use, the European Commission identified the urgency to foster the use of biosimilar medicines specifically, an urgency heightened due to the expenditure rate on biological medicines.
Of concern in the report findings were the fluctuations of generic and biosimilar medicines use across EU member states, even though greater competition has a known track record in improving access to safe and effective medicines in health systems across Europe.
Generic and biosimilar medicines were also identified as cornerstones of appropriate use of medicines in the hospital setting. While trends show that hospital pharmaceutical spending is increasing, the benefits of generic and biosimilar medicines use are vital to ensure efficient care.
Speaking on the findings of the report, Medicines for Europe Director General, Adrian van den Hoven commented “The launch of the 2019 State of Health in the EU report reinforces the opportunities brought by generic and biosimilar medicines to improve equitable and sustainable access. We see all over Europe that health systems are struggling to deliver efficient care, while pharmaceutical budgets continue to spiral. Our hope is that EU and national policies seize these opportunities and develop better policies to ensure generic and biosimilar medicines use. This ultimately will enhance the functioning of health systems in Europe and deliver on patient access.
About Medicines for Europe
Medicines for Europe represents the generic, biosimilar and value added medicines industries across Europe. Its vision is to provide sustainable access to high quality medicines, based on 5 important pillars: patients, quality, value, sustainability and partnership. Its members directly employ 190,000 people at over 400 manufacturing and 126 R&D sites in Europe, and invest up to 17% of their turnover in R&D investment. Medicines for Europe member companies across Europe are both increasing access to medicines and driving improved health outcomes. They play a key role in creating sustainable European healthcare systems by continuing to provide high quality, effective generic medicines, whilst also innovating to create new biosimilar medicines and bringing to market value added medicines, which deliver better health outcomes, greater efficiency and/or improved safety in the hospital setting for patients. For more information please follow us at and on Twitter @medicinesforEU. 
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