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Expiry of patent protection on statins: effects on pharmaceutical expenditure in Australia

Steven R A Simoens
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (1): 52-54.
Published online: 3 January 2011

To the Editor: Clarke and Fitzgerald showed that substantial savings could arise from the implementation of alternative pricing arrangements for off-patent statins that provide incentives to reduce prices and increase generic substitution.1 This is exemplified by comparing statin prices between Australia and England. Europe offers some more lessons with respect to savings based on generic medicine usage and how they can be attained.

  • Steven R A Simoens

  • Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Care and Pharmaco-economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.


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