Using competition law to promote increased access to medicines and other health technologies: An under-used tool in low- and middle income countries27 February 2017
Governments of LMICs need to safeguard its legal and policy space to ensure affordable access to health technologies. The utilization of competition law is an underused policy tool that draws on both industrial policy management and consumer protection approaches. Strengthening the national competition framework can stimulate quicker introduction of new and improved health technologies. This issue brief highlights the key aspects of using competition law in promoting access to health technologies and provide recent case examples to illustrate its utilization.