COLUMNS by Moira Dower

COLUMNS

BY MOIRA

Moira Dower is a freelance writer/editor on healthcare and pharmaceutical issues.

She was formerly Editor of Scrip World Pharmaceutical News and Managing Editor of Scrip Magazine.

Healthcare in Crisis – What Can Pharma Do?

Healthcare systems continue to struggle to cope with the demands of the ageing population along with advances in medicine that are costing more, even if this has been offset to some extent by the demise of patented blockbuster drugs. This raises questions about what pharmaceutical companies should be doing if they want to ensure that their new drugs are not seen as a major reason for spiralling healthcare costs. It’s worth taking a look at the UK, where the National Health Service is considered to be at crisis point. After 70 years of universal healthcare, free at the point of delivery, this winter has seen thousands of non-emergency procedures cancelled, A&E units buckling under the stra

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