Programme

Draft Programme Summer School

Monday, 28 August 2017
Morning
  • Welcome and introduction of participants
  • Introduction to mission and organizers’ activities
    • Vienna WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies
    • WHO Headquarters
    • WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Round of introduction
  • Outlook on the programme
Noon Lunch
Afternoon
  • Introduction to pharmaceutical policies
    • Pharmaceutical policies in the framework of Universal Health Coverage
    • Elements of pharmaceutical systems and policies
    • Health care and pharmaceutical systems in Europe
    • Funding and reimbursement models for medicines
    • Responsible use of medicines
    • Pharmaceutical policy analysis for policy action follow up
  • International collaboration in the field of medicines
  • Introduction to case study activities
  • Case study (group work)
Evening City tour through the Centre of Vienna’ & Get-Together at a typical Viennese wine-bar
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
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
    • Addressing methodological challenges of price comparisons
    • Limitations of price comparisons
    • Examples of price surveys
  • Hands-on training on medicine price surveys and comparisons (group work)
Evening Visit to a museum (voluntary activity)
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Procurement and supply chain management of medicines
  • Tools for making better informed decisions:
    • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
    • Horizon Scanning
  • Pricing and price negotiations
  • Case study activities (group work)
Noon Extended Lunch
Afternoon Guided city walk with medical & pharmaceutical focus (optional)
Afternoon / Evening

Public panel discussion with stakeholders

Reception
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Patent, trade agreements and medicine prices
  • 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, 1 September 2017
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Follow-up on study visits (reporting back and discussion)
  • Moderated poster walk (country poster presentations)
  • Pharmaceutical strategies and reflections
  • Case study (group work)
Noon Lunch
Afternoon
  • Reflections on case study findings
    • Transfer of the course learnings into practice
    • Lessons learned
  • Conclusions, certificates and outlook

The course will start on 28 August 2017 at 10 hours and will end on 1 September 2017 at around 15-16 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 place at the premises of the Austrian Public Health Institute unless indicated differently.