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We are just days away from the UK General Election and the campaigns have been fought with gusto as the party leaders attempt to woo voters.

As expected, the NHS has been a big-ticket item on the election agenda.

Of course for pharma, the election is not just about the NHS but also about the UK business environment, and the role industry and life sciences play in UK plc. With industry faced with continual pricing and reimbursement challenges as well as a cash-constrained healthcare system, the ties between the two couldn’t be starker. It’s not surprising pharma is concerned.

The issue of drug pricing and NHS reimbursement won’t disappear after the election – if anything it could get worse (think Cancer Drugs Fund). And with more expensive rare disease drugs due to hit the market, this debate is set to be a humdinger.

As such, the next government has something of a conundrum on its hands. Can it meet the needs of patients, cure the NHS, as well as sufficiently placate the industry? It’s going to be a balancing act of epic proportions.

We hope whoever is elected is up for the job. Good luck.

Claire Bowie
Managing Editor

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