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1st Summer School Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies

Event start date/time
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0200
Event location
Stubenring 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Category
Organisers
WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies, Pharmaeconomics Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
Course language
English, and simultaneous translation into Russian
Contact (Telephone)
whocc@goeg.at, Tel. +43/15161-132 (Nina Zimmermann)
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Between Monday, 29 August and Friday, 02 September 2016 33 participants of public and non-for profit institutions working in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines of 18 different countries attended the first Summer School on Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Vienna.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich Gmbh) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe organised the five-day training course. Representatives of these organisations and of the EuroScan International Network provided information on pharmaceutical policies, focussed on pricing and reimbursement of medicines, medicine price surveys, policies for high-priced medicines and generics, Horizon Scanning, patents and trade agreements.

Focussing on the European region, the summer school provided lectures, hands-on training, case studies and poster sessions on the main topics. Furthermore study visits to relevant institutions in Vienna were offered.

On Wednesday 31 August a public panel discussion titled “Access to new high-priced medicines in Europe – Challenges and solutions” was organised, which received high interest by Austrian stakeholders. Panellists were Clemens Auer, Head of Section I in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs (BMGF); Richard Bergström, General Director of European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA); Peter Beyer, World Health Organization (WHO); Yannis Natsis; European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) Policy Coordinator for universal access & affordable medicines; Josef Probst, General director of the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions (HVB); and Dr Sabine Vogler, Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies at the Austrian Public Health Institute (GÖG).

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2nd Summer School Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies

Event start date/time
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0200
Event location
Stubenring 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Category
Organisers
WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies, Pharmaeconomics Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
Course language
English
Contact (Telephone)
whocc@goeg.at, Tel. +43/15161-132 (Nina Zimmermann)
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Between Monday, 28 August and Friday, 01 September 2017 29 participants of public and non-for profit institutions working in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines of 19 different countries attended the Second Summer School on Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policiesin Vienna.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich Gmbh) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe organised the five-day training course. Representatives the Medicines Patent Pool, LBI and of the organising institutions provided information on pharmaceutical policies, focussed on pricing and reimbursement of medicines, medicine price surveys, policies for high-priced medicines and generics, Horizon Scanning, HTA, patents and international collaboration.

The summer school provided lectures, hands-on training, case studies and poster sessions on the main topics. Furthermore study visits to relevant institutions in Vienna were offered.

On Wednesday 30 August 2017 a public panel discussion titled “Strengthening the purchasing power for medicines – possibilities and risks” was organised, which received high interest by Austrian stakeholders. Panellists were Clemens Auer, Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs (BMGF); Esteban Burrone, Medicines Patent Pool, Switzerland; Christina Cepuch, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders); Jan Oliver Huber, Association of the Austrian Pharmaceutical Industry (Pharmig); Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, Chairman of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association (DCGMA); Josef Probst, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions (HVB); and Dr Sabine Vogler, Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies at the Austrian Public Health Institute (GÖG). The panel discussion was chaired by Hanne Bak Pedersen, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

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3rd Summer School Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies

Event start date/time
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:00:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:00:00 +0200
Event location
Stubenring 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Category
Organisers
WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies, Pharmaeconomics Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
Course language
English
Contact (Telephone)
whocc@goeg.at, Tel. +43/15161-132 (Nina Zimmermann)

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Between Monday, 23 July and Friday, 27 July 2018 38 participants of public and non-for profit institutions working in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines of 23 different countries attended the Third Summer School on Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Vienna.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich Gmbh) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe organised the five-day training course. Representatives of WHO Barcelona Office for Health System Strengthening and Headquarter, LBI, payers in other countries and of the organising institutions provided information on the role of (financing of) medicines in health systems and pharmaceutical policies with a focus on pricing and reimbursement of medicines, medicine price surveys, policies for high-priced medicines and generics, Horizon Scanning, HTA, patents and international collaboration.

The summer school provided lectures, hands-on training, case studies and poster sessions on the main topics. Furthermore study visits to relevant institutions in Vienna were offered. Course language was English.

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On Wednesday 27 July 2018 a public panel discussion titled “Affordable access to medicines for everyone - a midsummer night's dream?” was organised, which received high interest by Austrian stakeholders. Tamás Evetovits (WHO Barcelona Office for Health System Strengthening) and Thomas Czypionka (IHS Institute for Advanced Studies) presented key results of a new WHO report “Can people afford to pay for health care? New evidence on financial protection in Europe and in Austria”. In the following panel discussion Hanne Bak Pedersen (WHO Regional Office for Europe), Gerhard Fortwengel (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany), Alexander Herzog (Secretary General of the Association of the Austrian pharmaceutical industry PHARMIG), Klaus Klaushofer (Hanusch Hospital of the Vienna Regional Health Insurance Fund) and Sabine Vogler (Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Vienna, Austria) discussed the current challenges in Austria and globally.

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Postponed! 4th Summer School Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies

Event start date/time
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0200
Event location
Stubenring 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Category
Organisers
WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies, Pharmaeconomics Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH)
Course language
English
Contact (Telephone)
Tel. +43 / 15161-132 (Nina Zimmermann)
Contact (Email)

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Update (16 April 2020): 

We regret to announce that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 WHO CC Summer School on Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies which was scheduled to be held in Vienna at the end of July 2020.

We are very sorry for the postponement, but the decision was made with student and faculty safety in mind. Logistically, the week sees several speakers traveling from all over the globe to the summer school venue to deliver their topics, catering and accommodation need to be reliably available and the international attendees have to be able to reach Vienna. All of these aspects have become much less certain due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. 

We are exploring the possibility of organising the School in December ’20/January ’21 or July/August ’21. Any comments are welcome. We will keep you informed of our plans on this site and our newsletter (register here).

If you have already sent an application for this year, we can assure you that we will consider your application also in the postponed version of the summer school. We will be making further announcements about the postponed Summer School during summer 2020.

Contact: whocc@goeg.at

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Five-day training course in pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies at the Austrian Public Health Institute in Vienna together with the World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe is offering for the fourth time a five-day training course for professionals of competent authorities and public institutions working in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines. International scientific experts and experienced national policy-makers will provide insights into pharmaceutical policies related to medicine pricing and reimbursement - at the time of launching new medicines, before or after the launch.

The summer school will provide lectures, hands-on training sessions, a panel discussion with distinguished experts, and case studies on implementation and optimisation of pharmaceutical policies. Study visits to relevant institutions in Austria will also be offered.

Impressions of the successful Summer Schools in 20162017 and 2018.

Who should attend?

The WHO CC summer school is targeted towards:

  • Representatives of competent authorities in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines (policy makers, technical staff), and
  • Payers in the health care system (e.g. health insurance institutions / sickness funds, ministries, medicines agencies, private health insurance institutions).

If justified by a strong motivation letter and supported by early registration, the organisers may also accept

  • Researchers involved in policy-advice for public institutions,
  • Not-for-profit stakeholders (e.g. consumer/patient organizations)

Participants from all over the globe are accepted: Given the location of the WHO Collaborating Centre and strong involvement in European networks, thematic input during the summer school will be provided to a major extent from the European perspective; however also aspects of pharmaceutical systems outside of Europe - e.g. Universal Health Coverage, Intellectual Property Rights etc. – will be covered.

Availability of places and deadlines

Limited number of places available: The Summer School accepts a maximum of 30 participants.

Deadline for application: 31 May 2020. Early application is highly recommended.

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