Programme: Online Summer School 5-9 July 2021

Monday, 5 July 2021: Introduction into pharmaceutical systems and policies

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

Tuesday, 6 July 2021: 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?
  • Practical exercise: Where to find price information and how to compare medicine prices?
  • Pricing in the supply chain – How to remunerate wholesalers and pharmacies?

Wednesday, 7 July 2021: Reimbursement and procurement

  • Study visits: Meet the policy makers!
  • How to prioritise and select medicines for public funding? Introduction into reimbursement*
  • Pharmaceutical procurement*(new procurement tools, experiences in centralised / joint procurement)

Thursday, 8 July 2021: Addressing challenges in pharmaceutical policy

  • Managed entry agreements – can they improve patient access? Country experience*
  • Focus topic “transparency”: The Transparency Resolution of the World Health Assembly 2019 and WHO initiatives
  • Medicine shortages
  • Panel discussion: How are we managing the COVID-19 pandemic? Panel discussion with guests involved in crisis management

Friday, 9 July 2021: Pharmaceutical strategies and reflections

  • Country poster session
  • Presentation and discussion of the group work
  • “Cookbook” of pharmaceutical policy options
  • Follow-up avenues 

* Thematic input related to policy examples and experience will be, to a large extent, provided from European countries.