Programme

Draft Programme Summer School

Monday, 29 August 2016
Morning
  • Welcome and introduction of participants
  • Introduction about organizers’ activities
    • WHO, Regional Office for Europe
    • Vienna WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies
  • Outlook on the programme
Noon Lunch
Afternoon
  • Introduction to pharmaceutical policies
    • Health care and pharmaceutical systems in Europe
    • Relevance of medicines and pharmaceutical policies
    • Elements of pharmaceutical systems and policies
    • Funding and reimbursement models for medicines
    • Procurement and tendering of medicines
    • Responsible use of medicines
    • Medicines at the interface of primary care and hospital care
    • Pharmaceutical policy analysis
  • Introduction to case study activities
Evening City Tour "Vienna at a glance" & Get-Together at a typical Viennese wine-bar
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Pharmaceutical pricing
    • Medicine pricing across Europe
    • Different pricing policies for different medicines (e.g. high-cost medicines, generic/biosimilar medicines)
    • Pharmaceutical distribution chain and remuneration of pharmacies and wholesalers
    • Pricing and procurement in the out-patient and in-patient sector
    • Benefits and limitations of different pricing policies
    • Prerequisites for pricing policies
    • Special topic: External price referencing
Noon Lunch
Afternoon
  • Medicine price surveys, analyses and comparisons
    • Surveying of medicine prices: access to price data
    • How to interpret price data correctly?
    • Addressing methodological challenges of price comparisons
  • Hands-on training on medicine price surveys and comparisons (group work)
Evening Visit to a museum (voluntary activity)
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Pharmaceutical policies and tools for high-priced medicines
    • Horizon Scanning
    • Managed Entry Agreements
  • Case study activities (group work)
Noon Extended Lunch
Afternoon Guided city walk with medical & pharmaceutical focus
Afternoon / Evening

‘Access to New High-Priced Medicines in Europe – Challenges and Solutions’. Panel Discussion organized by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies with high-level European and Austrian experts and stakeholder representatives
(public event, venue: Austrian Federal Ministry of Health)

Reception
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Patent, trade agreements and medicine prices – an overview
  • Case study (group work)
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Study visits to public pricing authorities and further relevant institutions in Vienna (groups of around 6-10 participants)
Evening Social Dinner
Friday, 2 September 2016
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Follow-up on study visits (reporting back and discussion)
    • Reporting back and discussion
    • Pharmaceutical strategies and reflections
  • Case study (group work)
Noon Lunch
Afternoon
  • Case study findings
    • Presentations of case studies
    • Lessons learned
  • Conclusions, outlook and certificates

The course will start on 29 August 2016 at 10 hours and will end on 2 September 2016 at around 16 hours. The typical course schedule for the other days is from 9.00 till 17.30 hours unless indicated differently in the programme.

The course will take part at the premises of the Austrian Public Health Institute unless indicated differently.