The narrative on generous Big Pharma selling patented drugs to smaller/weaker countries (e.g. Poland) at such low prices that cannot be disclosed not to annoy bigger/stronger countries is FALSE. Here is why.

First let us provide some context of actual discussion that is worth reading.

Tuhin A. Rahman, founder and editor of heat. Informatics, published an article on Linkedin on “Flexible Drug Pricing in UK”.

The Foundation’s president, Norbert Wilk, made a comment on the article. This comment was positively appraised by Mr Rahman.

For some reasons of “readability” the next comment from Norbert is hardly to be found, displayed and actually read. And this comment concerns his personal experience with impact of NICE transparency level on Poland.

We present the comment below as Mr Rahman congratulated on it which may mean it is really worth reading.  

When Transparency Resolution was adopted on May 28, 2019 by 186 countries with just three countries which “disassociated” (UK, Germany, Hungary), our Foundation commented it publicly with the following mem:

Activists and organisations who really care to see World Health Assembly Transparency Resolution implemented globally and effective drug prices finally disclosed, would need to notice that it is crucial to show a clear implementation path based on securing interest of supporting countries and not solely based on wishful thinking that the wealthier countries would just give up some of their power and decrease revenues generated by their Big Pharma companies simply out of good will – because it is fair.

In terms of making decisions on implementation of WHA Transparency Resolution we have to divide countries into 3 groups:

1. Big players.

2. Smaller followers or players-to-be.

3. Small viewers.

 

We all have to convince the second group – smaller followers – that they will benefit the most from drug price transparency. Small viewers already know they will benefit but severely lack political power to make it happen. If smaller followers plan to ever become players, we can show them that implementation of Transparency Resolution is the opportunity they should not miss. 

Most influential activists come from “big players” countries. Will they be able to take a broader strategic look, get involved and support this approach? 

We have this saying in Polish when someone is not interested in achieving the goal, but in pursuing it perpetually: you keep on chasing the rabbit when you can catch it.

 

LET'S CATCH THIS RABBIT!