Interview: BAPIE President in Pharma Boardroom talks about parallel distribution role in the light of COVID-19 crisis
June 2, 2020
“If the restrictions to parallel trade were always justified, limited in time and scope, and properly implemented, no countries would experience the negative effects of exports, while all countries could experience the benefits of imports. This is the healthy parallel trade ecosystem we are advocating for.”
In this interview, Tanguy Schmitz -President of the Belgium Association for Parallel Imports and Exports- shares concrete examples of how parallel imports of medicines helped in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis to alleviate shortages . Tanguy Schmitz also shows how export restrictions impair the efficient distribution of medicines across the EU and claims that these should remain appropriate and proportionate .