Programme

Draft Programme Summer School

Monday, 23 July 2018
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
  • Pharmaceutical policies as part of health systems
    • Pharmaceutical policies in the framework of Universal Health Coverage
    • Pricing and reimbursement of medicines as part of the local and global development context
  • Introduction to pharmaceutical policies
    • Relevance of medicines and pharmaceutical policies
    • Elements of health and pharmaceutical systems and policies
    • Funding and pharmaceutical expenditure
    • Reimbursement policies for medicines in Europe
  • 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, 24 July 2018
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Pharmaceutical pricing
    • Medicine pricing across Europe
    • Benefits and limitations of different pricing policies
    • Special topic: External price referencing
    • Different pricing policies for different medicines (e.g. high-cost medicines, generic/biosimilar medicines)
    • Pharmaceutical distribution chain and remuneration of pharmacies and wholesalers, taxes and duties
  • Case study (group work)
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)
  • Medicine pricing policies: speeches vs. facts
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Access to medicines – Mapping of the current challenges countries are facing
  • Access to medicines – solution strategies:
    • Managed-entry agreements
    • Procurement and supply chain management of medicines
    • Tools for making better informed decisions – Health Technology Assessment
    • International collaboration
    • Pricing and price negotiations
  • Case study (group work)
Noon Extended Lunch
Afternoon Guided city walk with medical & pharmaceutical focus (optional)
Afternoon / Evening

Public panel discussion with stakeholders

Reception
Thursday, 26 July 2018
Morning
  • Brief presentation of a pharmaceutical system of a participant’s country
  • Patents, licenses and medicine prices
  • Responsible use of medicines
  • 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, 27 July 2018
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 23 July 2018 at 10 hours and will end on 27 July 2018 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.