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redetsa arg mt nov2018

Washington DC, November 8, 2018 (PAHO/WHO) -More than 190 experts and health authorities of the Americas met at the X Meeting of the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA), on 7-8 November, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The objective of the X Meeting was to discuss the role of the Health Technology Assessment in expanding effective and equitable access to medicine. The opening session was in charge of the Secretary of Health of Argentina, Adolfo Rubinstein, and the PAHO/WHO Representative in Argentina, Maureen Birmingham. During the meeting the participants discussed several topics, that included Adolfo Rubinstein´s presentation on the role of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the progress towards Universal Health Coverage; and Analía Porrás, Chief of the Medicines and Health Technologies Unit at PAHO, presented on strategies to expand access and rational use of medicines and other strategic and high-cost health technologies.

"Health technologies play a very important role to ensure equity, efficiency, and quality, and access to health," said Porrás.

In addition, participants discussed other issues, that included: the challenge of biological medicines and their biosimilars for HTA agencies in the future; the HTA and the regulation of medicine prices; the mechanisms for defining the "value" of medicines from the point of view of the payer; and strategies to face the challenges of access to high-cost medicines and to face the challenges of health systems.

More information is available at  RedETSA webpage.

Links

—  PAHO Health Systems and Services Department

—  PRAIS Regional Platfomr on Access an dInnovation for Health Technologies