[40 years of medicines policy in the Netherlands: from financial constraints to medicines shortages?]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2020 Mar 12:164:D4568.
[Article in Dutch]


On a near daily basis, medicines make the news. Abstract topics such as international pricing policy or medicines patents, and concrete topics such as medicines shortages are regularly reported on. In this article, we summarise a 40-year-history of medicines policy in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we briefly touch upon future directions in this area.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Drug Costs*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Legislation, Drug / history*
  • Legislation, Drug / trends*
  • Netherlands
  • Patents as Topic
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / supply & distribution*
  • Resource Allocation


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations