On international cost-sharing of pharmaceutical R&D

Pedro Pita Barros, Xavier Martinez-Giralt

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Ramsey pricing has been proposed in the pharmaceutical industry as a principle to price discriminate among markets while allowing to recover the (fixed) R&D cost. However, such analyses neglect the presence of insurance or the fund raising costs for most of drug reimbursement. By incorporating these new elements, we aim at providing some building blocks towards an economic theory incorporating Ramsey pricing and insurance coverage. We show how coinsurance affects the optimal prices to pay for the R&D investment. We also show that under certain conditions, there is no strategic incentive by governments to set coinsurance rates in order to shift the financial burden of R&D. This will have important implications to the application of Ramsey pricing principles to pharmaceutical products across countries. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-312
JournalInternational Journal Of Health Care Finance & Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Coinsurance
  • Ramsey pricing


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