Westminster Health Forum

Pharmaceutical pricing and access to medicines

May 2019

This seminar discussed key issues in pharmaceutical pricing, access to medicines and priorities for the Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access which succeeded the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

Delegates considered the impact of the new 5-year scheme on potential savings to the NHS, patient access and medicines innovation - with the Government announcing expected savings of around £930m in 2019.

Sessions assessed how industry will be affected by the Voluntary Scheme - following the introduction of a 2% cap on the growth in sales of branded medicines - as well as challenges for NICE as they aim to quicken their assessments of new medicines. 

In the context of the NHS Long Term Plan - which includes goals to deliver better value from NHS expenditure on medicines whilst encouraging the adoption of proven innovations - sessions assessed options for reducing expenditure on medicines going forward and the role of NHS England in accelerating innovation.

The agenda also assessed challenges with bringing new products to the market - including the impact of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, designed to support the breakthrough of new medicine and technology.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates