Monday, July 23, 2001
The French government has announced plans to cut the prices of certain
drugs to reduce the debt of France's generous but ailing social security system.
As an alternative, the direction générale de la santé (DGS), part of
the French Ministry of Health, had recommended that government discontinue reimbursement
for certain "inefficacious" drugs, but the government dropped this politically
unpopular idea last week, leaving the pricing cutting plan that was announced earlier this