Netherlands to stockpile medicines in fight against shortages; Millions saved on expensive drugs - (NL Times via NewsPoints Desk)

  • NL Times reported that the Dutch government has decided to build up extra stocks of medicines as of next year in order to prevent shortages, according to medical care minister Bruno Bruins.

  • "The creation of this 'iron stock' prevents patients standing empty-handed at the pharmacy counter," Bruins said.

  • The move will cost around €25 million, but is expected to cover 85% of the temporary drug shortages, the news source said. 

  • Bruins also noted that the ministry managed to save €272 million for patients last year, double the total saved in 2017, by negotiating the price of "new and very expensive medicines."

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