Health Director General of Datuk, Doctor Noor Hisham passed the following statement: “ The adoption of resolution for the disclosure of the prices of drugs to the public has been adopted by the World Health Organization but just the start is not enough, there is a need to go further and more measures should be taken.” On the 28thof May in Switzerland, the 72nd World Health Organization passed the resolution for the improvement of the transparency of the markets which manufacture vaccines, medicines, and various other products related to health. Doctor Noor Hisham told that the ministry hailed the resolution. He said the following: “This milestone agreement is the initial step towards greater openness of dialogue about the disclosure of drug pricing to improve the access of the medicines.” He further said: “Greater transparency of pricing will be an addition to the tool which will change the way prices of drugs are negotiated by the National Health systems and the government to combat against the climbing cost of healthcare.” “This step will further strengthen the negotiating position of our government and improve our ability to obtaining reasonably priced drugs for our community. The ministry is certain that there is a need for a sustainable just pricing system for both the pharmaceutical industries and the health systems.” He told there will be consistency in the efforts of the Ministry for improving the universal access to the affordable medicines as one of the major parts of the National Medicines Policy, being aligned with its promise to the Universal Health Coverage which makes sure that there is worldwide access of the medicine to the people. But, the problem is that one of the first proponents of the resolution which required for transparency in the Research and Development costs was not achieved.” Legal adviser, Sangeeta Shasikant stated: “A critical next step is a full transparency in Research & Development costs," This resolution successfully gained support from 19 countries. Hungary, UK, and Germany detached themselves from adopting this resolution where surprisingly the USA approved.
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