From 15-19 July 2019 we had another successful summer course on pharmaceutical policy analysis in collaboration with WHO. We had participants from 21 different nationalities, all coming from different sectors within the area of pharmaceutical policy.
Highlights of the course were the policy and politics forum on “Access vs excess: finding the balance in medicines use” with Liset van Dijk (NIVEL, RUG) and Kotoji Iwamoto (WHO EURO) speaking on the case of antibiotics and Marcel Bouvy (UU) and Gaby Ooms (HAI) speaking on controlled medicines. Some interesting perspectives on these case studies from industry (Sini Eskola, EFPIA), patient organizations (Cor Oosterwijk, VSOP) and the human right principle (Marie Elske Gispen) were shared as well. We ended the day with a dinner accompanied by a dinner speech by Ellen ‘t Hoen on medicines pricing transparency. On the last day of the course the participants presented interesting study protocols to perform research within the pharmaceutical policy arena.
We would like to thank all the participants and lecturers for their valuable contribution to this course!