Pharmaceutical policy in Italy: towards a structural change?

  title={Pharmaceutical policy in Italy: towards a structural change?},
  author={Simone Ghislandi and Iva Selke Krulichov{\'a} and Livio Garattini},
  journal={Health policy},
  volume={72 1},
Italian pharmaceutical policy has recently moved towards a "two lanes" approach, with regulation differing according to a drug's patent status. This study analyses the Italian regulatory framework, focusing on policies related to "off-patent" drugs. Three main regulatory innovations have been examined: (i) generics, introduced in Italy for the first time in 1996; (ii) the reference pricing (RP) scheme, under which consumers pay part of the cost of high-priced products; (iii) pharmacists' right… CONTINUE READING

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