An Economic Analysis of the Regulation of Pharmaceutical Markets
Title: An Economic Analysis of the Regulation of Pharmaceutical Markets
Author: SAURÍ, Lluís
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Economics
Regulation in pharmaceutical markets is pervasive in most countries, especially in Europe. The nature of existing regulations is diverse, as they serve a number of purposes: guaranteeing safety, efficacy and security of drug usage; but also ensuring patients access to treatment, preserving affordability and fostering pharmaceutical innovation. A number of regulatory interventions are purposely designed to bring about more efficient pharmaceutical markets. These interventions are ultimately intended to increase welfare for patients today and patients tomorrow. Welfare today requires ensuring patients access to existing pharmacological treatment at an affordable cost. Welfare tomorrow requires ensuring a continued effort on research and development to produce pharmaceutical innovations that respond to currently unmet medical needs. The chapters of this thesis focus on a number of regulatory interventions that attract notable attention due to their effect on access, affordability and innovation. These include the regulation of pharmaceutical parallel trade, direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and off-patent pharmaceutical markets. By assessing the impact of public interventions on market outcomes and patients welfare, this thesis aims at contributing to the debate about optimal regulation of pharmaceutical markets.
Defence date: 15 February 2012; Examining Board: Prof. Elena Carletti, European University Institute; Prof. Pierre-Yves Geoffard, Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques; Prof. Massimo Motta, Supervisor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Prof. Damien Neven, European Commission and University of Geneva.
Type of Access: openAccess