ISPOR Europe 2018 Conference to Focus on Improving Healthcare Systems in Europe

from ISPOR News & Press Releases at on October 30, 2018 at 07:36AM

More Than 5000 Healthcare Stakeholders Will Convene on 10-14 November 2018 in Barcelona, Spain

Lawrenceville, NJ, USA—October 30, 2018—ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), released the final program and speakers for its upcoming ISPOR Europe 2018 conference scheduled for 10-14 November in Barcelona, Spain.

ISPOR Europe 2018 is the leading HEOR conference in Europe and draws more than 5000 healthcare stakeholders, including researchers and academicians, assessors and regulators, payers and policy makers, the life sciences industry, and patient engagement organizations. The conference theme is “New Perspectives for Improving 21st Century Health Systems.” Highlights from the ISPOR Europe 2018 program include:

Plenary 1: “Joint Assessment of Relative Effectiveness: ‘Trick or Treat’ for Decision Makers in EU Member States
Monday, 12 November 2018
This session includes a panel of stakeholders from the European health technology assessment (HTA) bodies, European institutions, industry, patients, and payers to discuss the European Commission’s draft regulation on HTA that proposes the introduction of a Europe-wide joint clinical assessment. The panelists will discuss the risks and benefits of this approach to move beyond the status quo in European HTA processes. Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Finn Børlum Kristensen, MD, PhD, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  • Menno Aarnout, International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies, Brussels, Belgium
  • Luciana Ballini, EUnetHTA JA3 Plenary Assembly and Regional Agency for Health, Emilia Romagna, Italy
  • Nicola Bedlington, European Patients Forum, Brussels, Belgium
  • Ansgar Hebborn, PhD, EFPIA and F. Hoffman-La Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland
  • Andrzej Rys, MD, DG Sante, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Roman Topór-Mądry, Agency for Health Technology Assessment at Tariff System, Warsaw, Poland

Plenary 2: Pharmaceutical Pricing: The Many Faces of Fairness
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
This session will focus on defining “fair” in the context of pharmaceutical pricing. Context for the discussion will center on the World Health Organization’s first Fair Pricing Forum held in 2017 that focused global attention on the high prices that restrict access to essential patented medicines and the unpredictability of low prices that drive shortages in the generics sector. Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Sarah Garner, PhD, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Marcin Czech, PhD, MD, MBA, Polish Ministry of Health, Warsaw, Poland
  • Eric Low, OBE, Amyloidosis Research Consortium, East Lothian, Scotland, UK
  • Joep Muijrers, PhD, PureTech Health, Boston, MA, USA
  • Tanya Potashnik, MA, Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Lluis Sauri-Romero, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Richard Torbett, PhD, EFPIA and Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, London, UK

Plenary 3: Budget Impact and Expenditure Caps: Potential or Pitfall?
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
This session will feature discussions on the benefits and challenges of controlling the budget impact of health policies by implementing financial caps in Europe.

  • Moderator: Guillem López-Casasnovas, PhD, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  • Félix Lobo, PhD, University Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Peter C. Smith, MSc, University of York, London, UK
  • Adrian Towse, MA, MPhil, Office of Health Economics, London, UK
  • Geert van Maanen, Formerly with Ministry of Health, The Netherlands

ISPOR is recognized globally as the leading professional society in health economics and outcomes research and its role in improving healthcare decisions. Program co-chairs include Sarah Garner, PhD, World Health Organization, Switzerland; Zoltán Kaló, PhD, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; and Guillem López-Casasnovas, PhD, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain. The conference also features the Society’s renowned Essential HEOR Education curriculum of half- and full-day short courses on 10-11 November 2018.

Additional information on ISPOR Europe 2018 can be found at:
Conference Information | Registration | Short Course Program | Exhibitors and Sponsors | Press



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