Kick-off meeting of network on pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies in the CIS

WHO/Anatol Tomșa

WHO/Europe and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Vienna, Austria, hosted the first meeting of the Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Information (PPRI) network for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The CIS PPRI will allow representatives of CIS countries to share common challenges in enhancing financial access to medicines.

The event took place on 13–14 June 2017 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. It gathered representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The meeting provided representatives of competent authorities with information on pricing and reimbursement policies using specific country examples from Europe. Participants reflected on their national systems and the difficulties they face in terms of ensuring the accessibility and affordability of medicines.

Participants agreed that the CIS PPRI will carry on with WHO support, but set the medium-term objective of having participating countries take responsibility for its direct management. A WHO report on the pricing and reimbursement system in CIS countries is currently being prepared based on the information gathered during the meeting.