Jeremy Hunt to lead value-based pricing discussions


Ben Adams for Pharmatimes, 6th September 2012, quotes Julia Manning on Jeremy Hunt and value-based pricing.

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“VBP discussions to be delayed? 

The first clash could be VBP – as he [Jeremy Hunt] will now walk straight into negotiations with the ABPI over the future of drug pricing in the UK. But Julia Manning, chief executive of the industry think-tank 2020Health, says it would be sensible for Hunt to postpone the discussions.


She told PharmaTimes that as the government has to renegotiate the PPRS regardless of what happens: “It would seem sensible for [Hunt] to focus on this and postpone negotiations on changing the pricing system for new drugs”.


She added: “This gives everyone more time to think about what data and structures would be required for a new system to be truly effective with no detriment to the pharmaceutical industry’s investment in research, clinical trials and above all patients in the UK.” Whatever happens, a new system will have to be in place by 2014 as this is when the current five-year PPRS scheme ends.”



About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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