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Health Care Committee

AmCham Germany´s Health Care Committee represents the interests of international pharmaceutical research companies in Germany. The Committee focuses on regulatory issues related to pharmaceutical products and seeks to promote a less regulated market, friendlier investment climate, and further research opportunities within Germany on the national and European levels.


  • Engage policy makers and manufacturers in cooperative efforts and combine strengths with other pharmaceutical groups
  • Maintain clear, constructive and open communication with various policy and decision-makers
  • Monitor the development of the pharmaceutical market, as well as the development and distribution of related information


Dr. Gerd Kräh
Chair, AmCham Health Care Committee
Director Government Affairs
Lilly Deutschland GmbH

Günter Fortmann
Co-Chair, AmCham Health Care Committee
Vice Chairman

Publications & Papers

Diskussionspapier: Big Data und E-Health: Erfahrungswerte aus der transatlantischen Gesundheitswirtschaft

Das Papier präsentiert konkrete Praxisbeispiele aus der deutsch-amerikanischen Gesundheitswirtschaft und liefert damit Vergleichsmöglichkeiten für die Nutzung digitaler Prozesse in der Branche. Veröffentlicht wurde das Diskussionspapier im Rahmen eines Parlamentarischen Frühstücks in der Digital Eatery von Microsoft in Berlin. Teilgenommen haben unter anderem Matthias Borst, Chair des AmCham Germany Business of Healthcare Committee und Vice President & General Manager DC, BD Medical WE & EMA der Becton Dickinson GmbH, Dr. Katja Leikert, MdB, Berichterstatterin für die Themen Organspende und Telematik in der Arbeitsgruppe Gesundheit der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion.

Hier finden Sie das PDF Diskussionspapier zu Big Data und E-Health.


IGES Studie: Prognose Spezialversorgung

Übersicht zur Entwicklung des Marktes der Spezialversorgung

Die Behandlung von schweren Krebserkrankungen wird das Gesundheitssystem nicht zum finanziellen Kollaps führen. Die Ausgaben der gesetzlichen Krankenkassen für Krebsarzneimittel werden von 3,1 Milliarden Euro im Jahr 2009 um jährlich ca. 200 Millionen Euro auf 3,8 Milliarden Euro 2013 wachsen. Das ist eine Steigerung von ca. 4,8 Prozent pro Jahr. Der Anteil der Krebsmittel an den gesamten Arzneimittelausgaben wird sich damit von 9,4 auf 9,7 Prozent erhöhen. Zum Vergleich: Auch die Ausgaben für alle anderen Medikamente zur Grundversorgung werden jährlich um 3,9 Prozent zunehmen.

Für die Prognose wurde der Einsatz von Krebsmedikamenten von 2005 bis 2009 analysiert. Auf Basis dieser Ergebnisse wurden dann Verbrauch und Kosten für diese Arzneimittel bis zum Jahr 2013 geschätzt. Darin sind epidemiologische Faktoren, Daten klinischer Forschung sowie Informationen über Forschungsaktivitäten der pharmazeutischen Industrie eingeflossen.


PDF Arzneimittel gegen Krebs - Rollt die Kostenlawine? (PDF)

PDF Prognose Spezialversorgung: Übersicht zur Entwicklung des Marktes der Spezialversorgung (PDF)

PDF Forecast Special Care Drugs: Development of the Market of Special Care Drugs (PDF)


Prognos-Study: Patient Information on Prescription-bound Medicine

The pharmaceutical industry in Germany is prohibited from informing citizens about prescription-bound medicines. AmCham Germany (Health Care Committee) and others commissioned Prognos AG to examine patient information on prescription-only medicine in Germany, focussing especially on the internet as a medium. This study gives an overview of the status quo of internet-based pharmaceutical information for patients, identifies patient and public needs in regard to information and conducts a survey of patient and public needs, gauging patient and public opinion on pharmaceutical information through the pharma industry. Read Prognos Report in German, English. Executive summaries also available.

For the first time, this study on patient information on prescription-only drugs gives an overview of the status quo of internet-based pharmaceutical information for patients, identifies patient and public needs in regard to information and conducts a survey of patient and public needs, gauging patient and public opinion on pharmaceutical information through the pharma industry.


PDF "Prognos Studie" - deutsch (PDF)

PDF  Prognos Executive Summary - deutsch (PDF)

PDF "Prognos Report" - english (PDF)

PDF  Prognos Executive Summary - english (PDF)


Vision Paper - Theses for Creating a Substainable Healthcare System

The market for new, innovative drugs is highly regulated by the Statutory Health Insurance (SHI). Experts note that an unmanageable number of regulations present obstacles to competition and innovation in the healthcare market. Despite the numerous reforms in the past years, it has not been possible to ensure the long-term financing and efficiency of the Statutory Health Insurance System.

The Pharmaceutical research companies are committed to the political dialogue for stabilizing the healthcare system with high quality and access to services. The “Vision Paper - Theses for Creating a Sustainable Healthcare System” outlines a system that is based on a competitively organized healthcare market that is open to innovation and targets the increasing healthcare needs of an aging society.


PDF "Zukunftspapier" - deutsch (PDF)

PDF "Vision Paper" - english (PDF)


The Research-Based Pharmaceutical Industry as a Chance for the Business Location Germany

Comprehensive work has been done in connection with an A.T. Kearney/ Fraunhofer study dealing with the pharmaceutical industry in Germany compared with the international environment. This study was presented together with the VfA and a recent Boston Consulting Group study on March 8, 2006 at a press conference and a parliamentary evening in Berlin. The results of both studies will also be presented during the next months in meetings with politicians and parliamentarians in the federal states of Germany as well as in media one to one’s.

PDF Study A.T. Kearney / Fraunhofer  deutsch (PDF)

Study A.T. Kearney / Fraunhofer  english (PDF)

For more information, please visit www.wachstumsimpuls-pharma.de

Internationales Benchmarking der Innovationsleistung für Pharma, Medizintechnik und Health Care-It (PDF Study BCG  deutsch (PDF))


In 2005, the Committee continued to lobby against regulations in the German health care system that came into effect in 2004, setting fixed reference prices for patented pharmaceuticals and including them into price clusters with generics, the so-called “Jumbo-Groups

  • Regarding the EU’s draft regulation (EC)No 726/2004) to penalize pharmaceutical companies that fail to fulfil certain obligations, AmCham Germany forwarded a letter to Günter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission, outlining its concerns about the implications of the regulation on the pharmaceutical industry in Germany. Verheugen responded that the draft regulations should by no means threaten research and innovation. He furthermore said: “On the level of fines I agree with you that those contained in the draft that you have commented on are too high; we will considerably lower those maximum ceilings”.




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Constanze Krüger
Specialist, Government Relations
T +49 30 28 87 89-27
F +49 30 28 87 89-29
E ckrueger(at)amcham.de


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