PPRI Conferences

2nd PPRI Conference 2011 Balancing pharmaceutical policies between equity and cost-containment – a critical discussion and lessons learned

Event start date/time
Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:00:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:00:00 +0200
Event location
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Category
Organisers
WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies
Course language
English
Contact (Telephone)
ppriconference@goeg.at; Tel. +43/151561-132 (Nina Zimmermann)

A critical look at pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies and the sharing of experiences

A variety of pricing and reimbursement policies is used in health care systems to ensure the access to essential medicines for all patients. These policies aim at allocating the resources in health care systems in an equitable way and are sometimes used to contain costs in the treatment of patients. In practice many forms of pricing and reimbursement policies exist (e.g. external price referencing, reference price systems etc.). The recent financial crisis puts an extra burden on already strained resources in health care systems; a fact which leads to an increased demand for an efficient and rational use of medicines. Pharmaceutical policies satisfy the potential conflicting demands of balancing the needs for access to medicines and containing costs. At this conference selected existing pharmaceutical policies are subjected to scrutiny if they fulfill the expectations in health and economic terms.

The conference specifically looks at “burning” questions in pricing and reimbursement policies of medicines – from a global and European perspective and in the light of the current financial crisis. Tools for promoting the rational use of medicines with a special focus on the interface between the primary and the hospital sector will be presented and discussed by renowned international experts (e.g. WHO, OECD, European Commission).

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Vienna invites you to discuss pharmaceutical policies and their practical implementation in the light of current challenges with high ranking experts and representatives in the pharmaceutical field.

Objectives

The conference aims at the scientific analysis and discussion of specific aspects of pricing and reimbursement policies and exchanging experiences and information of best-practice models. The dialogue of all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical field should be facilitated.

Who attended the conference?

  • Regulatory authorities in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines (policy makers, administration)
  • Payers in the health care system (e.g. sickness funds, ministries, medicines agencies, private health insurance institutions)
  • Stakeholders in the health care system (e.g. physicians, pharmacists) and relevant interest representations
  • Researchers, academics
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Editors, journalists
  • Patient and consumer associations

Conference programme and downloads

1st PPRI Conference

Event start date/time
Fri, 29 Jun 2007 09:30:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Fri, 29 Jun 2007 17:30:00 +0200
Event location
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Festsaal
Category
Organisers
Gesundheit Österreich GmbH
Course language
English
Contact (Telephone)
ppri@goeg.at

The PPRI Conference was held in Vienna on 29 June 2007.

Situated in the baroque hall of the Austrian Society of Sciences in Vienna, the PPRI Conference brought together 250 delegates from 36 countries, representing national authorities, European and international institutions, specific media, academia and consultancy business, pharmaceutical industry and distribution actors.

Conference programme 

Programme

Presentations

Photo Gallery

Panorama

Gallery

 

 

4th PPRI Conference: Medicines access challenge – The value of pricing and reimbursement policies

Event start date/time
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:00:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:00:00 +0200
Event location
Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 33, 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. +43/151561-132 (Nina Zimmermann)
Contact (Email)

About the Conference

A variety of pricing and reimbursement policies are used in different health care systems to ensure equitable access to medicines for all patients at affordable costs. However, millions of patients all over the world lack access to innovative treatments and medicines, and this has many different reasons. Access to medicines still remains a challenge in the twenty-first century, and policy-makers aim to balance the partially conflicting objectives of providing access to medicines, containing costs and rewarding innovation in pharmaceutical development. In recent years, some very expensive medicines have entered the markets, putting the long-term financial sustainability of health systems at risk. In this context, the design of the pricing and reimbursement policies is key: innovative approaches are needed to tackle the medicine access challenge! 

In order to foster the debate on equitable access to affordable and cost-effective medicines, the following perspectives will be discussed at the conference:

  • Strand 1: Local challenges, global learnings? What can other countries learn from best-practice examples in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines?
  • Strand 2: ‘Fake’ prices – Are price surveys still useful? The value of list prices against the backdrop of external price referencing and managed entry agreements.
  • Strand 3: Fix the future? Innovative policy options need to be developed, agreed upon and implemented.

The conference aims to bring together thought leaders from around the globe to discuss ‘burning’ issues in pricing and reimbursement policies of medicines – both from a global as well as European perspective. Current challenges and opportunities will be discussed, in particular limitations and improvement of current policies and innovative options for the future.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Vienna invites you to take part in the discussions with renowned experts and high-level representatives in the pharmaceutical field.

Objectives

We are committed to contribute to affordable, equitable and sustainable access to safe, effective and quality essential medicines worldwide, with a focus on Austria and Europe, thus, we are pleased to provide a platform for thought leaders, experts and researchers in the pharmaceutical field:

  • to present research findings and on-the-frontier academic analyses and to showcase best practice examples of pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies
  • to discuss current challenges and develop strategies to tackle them
  • to support policy-makers by offering tools to be well prepared and equipped to address the challenges of the future.

Who should attend the conference?

  • Public authorities responsible pricing and reimbursement of medicines (policy makers, administration)
  • Payers in the health care system (e.g. social health insurance , ministries, medicines agencies, private health insurance institutions)
  • Researchers, academics, students
  • Patients and consumers and their associations 
  • Health professionals (e.g. physicians, pharmacists) and their associations
  • Economic actors (e.g. pharmaceutical companies and their associations)
  • Editors, journalists

For further information, please click on the links below!

Conference programme (draft)

Registration

Fees and Cancellation Policy

Call for Abstracts and Abstract Submission

Call for Workshops (to be added)

Advisory Board and Scientific Programme Committee

Practical Information

Conference Organisers

3rd PPRI Conference Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies: Challenges Beyond the Financial Crisis

Event start date/time
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Event end date/time
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:00:00 +0200
Event location
Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna
Category
Organisers
WHO Collaborating Centre on Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies located at the Health Economics Department at Gesundheit Österreich GmbH
Course language
English
Contact (Telephone)
ppriconference@goeg.at; Tel +43/151561-132 (Nina Zimmermann)

A critical outlook on pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies

A variety of pricing and reimbursement policies are used in different health care systems to ensure access to essential medicines for all patients. These policies aim at allocating the available resources in an equitable as well as efficient manner, balancing the often conflicting needs of access to medicines and containing costs. In practice many forms of pricing and reimbursement policies are used (e.g. external price referencing, reference price systems etc). The recent financial crisis has put an extra burden on already strained resources in health care systems, a fact which has led to many policy reforms as well as initiatives for efficient and rational use of medicines. Current developments, for instance regarding new high-cost medicines, bring further challenges and pressure for change, however also constitute large opportunities for health care systems.

The conference aimed to bring together thought leaders from around the globe to discuss ‘burning’ issues in pricing and reimbursement policies of pharmaceuticals – both from a global as well as European perspective. Current challenges and opportunities were discussed, in particular also policy coordination and interface management issues. Further, the impacts and lessons learned from policies implemented in response to the financial crisis were debated.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Vienna invited participants to take part in the discussions with renowned experts and high-level representatives in the pharmaceutical field.

Objectives

The conference aimed to present on-the-frontier academic analysis as well as foster discussion of challenges in pricing and reimbursement policies. The dialogue of all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical field should be facilitated.

Who attended the conference?

  • Regulatory authorities in the field of pricing and reimbursement of medicines (policy makers, administration)
  • Payers in the health care system (e.g. sickness funds, ministries, medicines agencies, private health insurance institutions)
  • Stakeholders in the health care system (e.g. physicians, pharmacists) and relevant interest representations
  • Researchers, academics
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Editors, journalists
  • Patient and consumer associations

Conference programme and downloads