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Generic Drugs Often Cost Double in Switzerland

Country Correspondent: Lars Hemkens

Generic drug prices in Switzerland are 41 percent above the European average, according to the annual report from the Swiss public agency that oversees prices and competition. The report compared prices for 20 generic drugs in Switzerland with those in other European countries, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, and found substantial differences in some cases. For example, the price of the cheapest generic drug in the Netherlands is 15 percent of the price in Switzerland. The agency recommended that reference pricing be introduced to reduce variation in drug prices across the country. In addition, the report called for an annual review of medicine prices in Switzerland.

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