Beneluxa Initiative partners Belgium and the Netherlands successfully negotiated the reimbursement of Spinraza
Belgium and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the pricing of Spinraza, a drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Spinraza will be reimbursed for specific groups of patients in both countries.
The aim of the Beneluxa Initiative is to enhance the access of patients to high quality and affordable treatment. The agreement on Spinraza is the first positive outcome of a joint negotiation of the Beneluxa Initiative. As a result of negotiations, which started in February of this year, Spinraza will be reimbursed in both countries under similar conditions. The joint process consisted of a joint Health Technology Assessment, followed by a joint price negotiation.
Although previous pilots have proven that joint negotiations can be successful, this particular case is a great achievement that benefits patients in both countries.
Ireland has recently joined the Beneluxa Initiave too. With several pilots ongoing, the aim is to expand future negotiations with other Beneluxa partners and to enhance efficiency by streamlining reimbursement processes in different countries.
Bruno Bruins: ‘First and foremost, the positive outcome is wonderful news for the young SMA patients and their families, both in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is also a very clear and promising example of the benefits of working together on price negotiations and pharmaceutical policy. Biogen’s willingness to engage in a joint process and discover the benefits of gaining swift access in several markets at the same time is a positive development. Therefore I hope more companies will follow this example.’
Maggie de Block: ‘I am delighted to be able to make this orphan drug available to our SMA patients, barely one year after it received a marketing authorization. There was no treatment at all for these patients, but that is now changing. This means a giant step forward for these people and their families. At the same time, I am very proud of how we have tackled this. Today, we demonstrate that countries can jointly negotiate the reimbursement of orphan drugs to the benefit of their patients. This is a very important signal for everyone involved in Beneluxa and an extra motivation to further develop this international cooperation.’