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1 Price Information Exchange for Selected Medicines in the Western Pacific Region www.piemeds.com www.piemeds.com Dardane Arifaj-Blumi ICIUM 2011 1

2 Outline Background Methodology Challenges Presentation Conclusion 2

3 Background Prices of medicines procured in the public sector vary greatly between countries and are not often publicly available. Prices for AIDS, Malaria and TB medicines are more readily accessible. Very few sources of information on prices of medicines for chronic diseases and pediatric medicines. Methodologies for collecting information on prices are often costly and complicated, yet difficult to use for cross-country comparisons. 3

4 Western Pacific Regional Context Countries as big as China and as small as Niue Pacific Island countries - most medicines procured by public sector (central procurement) Mainland countries - highly decentralized Different systems: free of charge, paid out-of-pocket, insurance/reimbursement, revolving drug funds 4

5 Background (2) Countries in the Western Pacific region have expressed the need for establishing a transparent mechanism for information exchange which will help them to assess procurement efficiency and provide leverage when negotiating prices with suppliers. 5

6 Methodology Member countries of the WHO Western Pacific region were invited to participate. Structured questionnaires on medicines prices of the most recent procurement cycle in public sector: – product name – pack size – price per pack and unit – manufacturer – supplier – quantity procured 6

7 Methodology (2) Semi-structured questionnaires were used for information on countries’ procurement system -centralized/decentralized -tendering cycles and processes -quality control -financing/pricing policies -taxes 7

8 Response Round 1: - May - October 2009 - 18 countries - 31 medicines Round 2: - June - November 2010 - 14 countries - 40 medicines 8

9 Challenge – data quality Incomplete information Manual recording (illegible entries) in the first round Unit price not per smallest unit (syrups, injections, inhalers) 9

10 Challenge – data quality (2) Alternative dosage forms recorded Confusion between manufacturer and supplier Information on volume procured often missing Currency (i.e. one country 4 different currencies) 10

11 Presentation of data WPRO ensuring data quality through standardization and extensive data cleaning. Conceptual design of the web-presentation. Web-development and data encoding in collaboration with the University of the Philippines, National Telehealth Center. In 2010 the platform for price information exchange www.piemeds.com (also in.net and.org) was launched. www.piemeds.com 11

12 www.piemeds.comwww.piemeds.com landing page 12

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20 Conclusion Received very positive feed-back from countries. In a snap-shot, countries were able to compare their prices with other countries in the Region or sub- region and with the international reference prices. Countries used the information to assess their procurement efficiency and some to immediately re- negotiate their prices with suppliers. 20

21 Conclusion (2) piemeds.com promotes transparency by making publicly available procurement prices for countries in the Western Pacific region. Comparative bar diagrams include more information than other sources of prices yet the presentation is clear and easier to follow. Other regions, economic blocks and organizations are showing interests in adapting the approach and some are already applying this innovative way of displaying prices. 21

22 Conclusion (cost) piemeds.com is sponsored by WHO Western Pacific Region. It was established and is maintained with minimal costs: voluntary participation, no costs for training and data collection, simple to follow instructions, using existing expertise in countries and in WHO. piemeds.com is a powerful cost-efficient and simple to use tool that serves countries. 22

23 23 Thank you Questions welcomed


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