Program and speakers: Online Summer School 18-22 July 2022

Monday, 18 July 2022: Introduction to pharmaceutical systems and policies

  • The pharmaceutical value chain
  • Institutional and policy framework
  • Challenges for ensuring access to medicines around the globe
  • Practical exercise: Stakeholder analysis

Tuesday, 19 July 2022: Pharmaceutical pricing

  • Rationale for price regulation
  • Toolbox of pricing policies for new medicines and for generic and biosimilar medicines
  • Special topic: Implementing external price referencing - which is the best design?
  • Pricing in the supply chain – How to remunerate wholesalers and pharmacies?
  • Practical exercise: Where to find price information and how to compare medicine prices?

Wednesday, 20 July 2022: Reimbursement and procurement

  • How to prioritise and select medicines for public funding? Introduction into reimbursement
  • Pharmaceutical procurement (tools and experiences – e.g. with joint procurement)

Thursday, 21 July 2022: Addressing challenges in pharmaceutical policy

  • Topics in high-income countries - e.g. high-priced medicines, shortages, lack of transparency and evidence, value assessments, HTA, managed-entry agreements, collaboration, horizon scanning, etc.
  • Topics in low- and middle-income countries – e.g. introducing price regulation, design of co-payment policies to reduce financial hardship, strategies to increase Universal Health Coverage, supply chain security, promotion of medicines, etc.
  • Learning about current plans, projects and initiatives (e.g. WHO Oslo Medicines Initiative, Pharmaceutical Strategic for Europe, Beneluxa Initiative, …) and meet representatives

Friday, 22 July 2022: Pharmaceutical strategies and reflections

  • Country poster session
  • Country policy lab
  • “Cookbook” of pharmaceutical policy options
  • Follow-up avenues 

Please note that thematic input related to policy examples and experience will be, to a large extent, provided from European countries.



Sabine Vogler (head of WHOCC)

Nina Zimmermann

Peter Schneider

Manuel Alexander Haasis

Friederike Windisch

Maximilian Salcher-Konrad

Caroline Steigenberger

.... and external speakers (e.g. WHO, experts, national representatives, etc.)