Commentary “Neue Zürcher Zeitung

June 19, 2023

Commentary Neue Zürcher Zeitung: “Stinginess is not always cool”.

Stinginess is not always cool – especially when it comes to health and generic drugs sometimes cost less than chewing gum. A fitting report from the NZZ Neue Zürcher Zeitung. When criticizing the allegedly too high prices for generic drugs, it is important to remember that Switzerland, as a small healthcare market, is not particularly attractive for producers of inexpensive drugs. Bureaucratic hurdles further aggravate the situation. For example, package inserts must be printed in all national languages and a wide range of package sizes must be offered for each drug. These may sound like minor issues, but for products with small margins, they can be decisive in determining whether it is worthwhile to supply the local market or not. The approval process is also cumbersome and thus an obstacle.