Belgium, Netherlands plan joint purchase of rare disease drugs

April 21, 2015 10:43 AM

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Belgium, Netherlands plan joint purchase of rare disease drugs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium and the Netherlands will jointly negotiate the purchase of remedies for rare diseases with pharmaceutical groups, the Belgian health ministry said on Tuesday.

The joint negotiations will focus on diseases which affect fewer than five in 100,000 people, so-called orphan diseases, for which treatments are often very expensive due to the limited market.

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