WE TOOK THE STREETS OF UTRECHT TO ASK MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT THE PRICE OF MEDICINES.
THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID:
"If you became seriously ill, do you think the right medicines would be available to you? And what about in 15 years' time?"
"How much do think each of these particular medicines cost?"
"Who do you think should solve the problem of increasing medicine prices? And what should they be doing?"
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ANITA FREHE, ZUIDHORN, GRONINGEN
Anita was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 - 11 years ago. In 2013, the cancer metastasized to her bones. Part of her treatment was a medicine called Pertuzumab, which a pharmaceutical company is now charging an estimated €54,000 per year to access.
ERNST KUIPERS, Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Erasmus Medical Center, ROTTERDAM
Prof. dr. Ernst Kuipers wants to see many more new medicines become available, but worries that high prices are making them unaffordable and inaccessible for patients.
DR TIM REED, DIRECTOR OF HEALTH ACTION INTERNATIONAL, AMSTERDAM
"What we're seeing in The Netherlands is a reflection of what's happening around the world—high prices, no transparency and no recognition of the fact that taxpayers already contribute significant amounts to researching new medicines."
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