UK Labour Government Would Pursue Generics Priorities
Compulsory Licensing And State-Owned Generics Company In The Spotlight
The election manifesto produced by the Labour Party offers something for everyone, from the dropping of prescription charges and a boost for health care spending to more use of compulsory licensing and the building of a state-owned generics factory to make medicines more affordable.
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Plans unveiled by the UK’s main opposition party to set up a publicly-owned generics manufacturer fail to recognize the benefits and savings created through multisource competition, the country’s generics industry believes.
Pharmaceutical companies in the UK have again been asked to ensure they have contingency measures in place to deal with potential supply problems at channel ports – this time in preparation for the UK’s formal departure from the EU’s single market and customs union at the beginning of 2021. The industry is continuing to push for a mutual recognition agreement on drug regulation.
The UK BioIndustry Association has welcomed the government’s fresh investment in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity, while Sanofi and GSK are striking European and US deals for their vaccine candidate. A number of potential therapies are also being developed, including products based on interferon and hyperimmune globulin, but Roche/Chugai’s Actemra (tocilizumab) looks like a non-runner.