Improving the Affordability of Anticancer Medicines Demands Evidence-Based Policy Solutions

Nora Franzen, Giorgia Romagnoli, Andreas Ziegler, Valesca P. Retèl, Theo J.S. Offerman, Wim H. van Harten*

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The high cost of many new anticancer medicines significantly impedes breakthrough discoveries from reaching patients. A commonly heard refrain is that high prices are necessary to compensate for the high costs of research and development (R&D). Yet, there are promising policy proposals aimed at improving affordability without compromising innovation. In seeking new policy solutions, we argue for a shift away from entrenched opinion toward an evidence-based discourse that is grounded in experiments and real-world pilot studies. We offer a novel perspective and practical recommendations on how empirical evidence could and should be gath-ered to inform evidence-based policy interventions that lead to sustainable medicine prices in oncology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Discovery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


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