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Price and welfare effects of a pharmaceutical substitution reform

David Granlund ()

Abstract: The price effects of the Swedish pharmaceutical substitution reform are analyzed using data for a panel of all pharmaceutical product sold in Sweden in 1997--2007. The price reduction due to the reform was estimated to average 10% and was found to be significantly larger for brand name pharmaceuticals than for generics. The results also imply that the reform amplified the effect of generic entry has on brand-name prices by a factor of ten. Results of a demand-estimation imply that the price reductions increased total pharmaceutical consumption by 8% and consumer welfare by SEK 2.7 billion annually.

Keywords: drugs; generic competition; equivalent variarion; demand estimation; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D40; I11; L65; (follow links to similar papers)

29 pages, April 7, 2009

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Granlund, David, (2010), 'Price and welfare effects of a pharmaceutical substitution reform', Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 29, December, No. 6, pages 856-865

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