29th June 2016

Preliminary Programme

The congress will be held from Monday 23rd of April until Sunday 29th of April. Like every EPSA Annual Congress, the programme will be filled with the General Assembly (GA), a symposium, workshops, trainings, and social and cultural events.

During the Autumn Assembly 2016 in Cluj-Napoca, the topic for the Annual Congress 2018 in the Netherlands has been chosen. The RC is very happy to announce to you that the topic is “Pharmacoeconomics & the Affordability of Healthcare”. We would like to give you an insight in the motivation behind our choice for this topic. What does the topic include? Which subjects would we like to discuss during the congress? And why did we choose this topic?

“Pharmacoeconomics & the Affordability of Healthcare” includes the prices of medicines, the policy around the prices, and the ethics around the prices. First of all, the prices of medicines is a topic that includes an insight in the process of determining the price of a drug. Next to this it includes discussions about the increasing costs of the healthcare in the future. How can we deal with this? But on the other side, it includes discussions about the influence of decreasing expenses of medicines on healthcare on a societal level.

Secondly, we would like to achieve an insight in the policy around the prices of medicines. Of what components does a policy consists? This also includes discussions about the policies in different countries in Europe and the differences in prices this creates between countries.

The last subject we would like to include is the ethics around the medicine prices. This subject is also regulated differently in our different (European) countries and includes discussions about the regulation, for example quality-adjusted-life-years (QALY’s).  Another dilemma that could be discussed is what we are willing to pay. And should there be a difference in prices between different patient groups?

We did not choose this topic purely because we think the different aspects are very interesting, but also because it’s a major topic in today’s society and it will continue to be so in the future. We also chose this topic because it can be approached from different perspectives, for example: the industry, the government, the pharmacist and the patient. With our congress we would like to achieve that the participants will learn what determines the prices of medicines, the consequences of the high and low prices, and the policies and ethics regarding the costs of modern healthcare.

We hope, after this small introduction to our topic, you will be just as enthusiastic about this interesting and contemporary topic. And we hope to see you in 2018 in the Netherlands to experience everything that can be said and discussed about this topic!

The symposium takes place during the first two days of the event. Professionals will be present to talk about their knowledge and expertise in the field of pharmacoeconomics and the affordability of healthcare. A panel discussion will be organised at the end of each symposium day, where you will get the unique opportunity to interact with the speakers. Make sure to prepare your questions! The topic will be tackled from many different angles so you will be able to gain knowledge in various areas and listen to different points of view. For those unable to attend the event: the symposium will be live-streamed, but more information about this is will follow. Stay tuned!

Tuesday April 24th


9:00h

Črtomir Fleisinger
EPSA President

Welcome words


9:15h

Eva Shannon Schiffrer
EPSA Vice President of Education

Introduction


9:30h

Zoltán Kaló
Professor of Health Economics, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary

“Can we harmonize pharmacoeconomic methods across European countries?”


10:00h

Yannis Natsis
Policy Manager for Universal Access and Affordable Medicines, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

“Harmonising HTA in Europe: a political minefield”


10:30h

Meindert Boysen
Programme Director, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

“NICE: a bit economical with health economics?”


11:00h

Coffee Break


11:30h

Dr Andrew Lloyd
AcasterLloyd Consulting Ltd., Director

“Pharmacoeconomics from the patients’ perspective, the role of patient-reported outcomes”


12:00h

Panel Discussion

Wednesday April 25th


9:00h

Eva Shannon Schiffrer
EPSA Vice President of Education

Introduction


9:15h

Karlijn Doorn
myTomorrows

“Delivering pre-approval treatment options for patients, while creating value for the healthcare system”


9:45h

Tina Taube
EFPIA Director Market Access and HTA

“Future healthcare challenges and the question of affordability”


10:15h

Antonio Grasso
Economic and Information Analyst at Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)

“Cost-effectiveness and affordability in healthcare: can we get them both?”


11:00h

Coffee Break


11:30h

Wim Goettsch
EUnetHTA, National Health Care Institute (NL) and University of Utrecht

“Harmonisation of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of pharmaceuticals in Europa. Experiences from the EUnetHTA collaboration.”


12:00h

Panel Discussion


12:45h

Eva Shannon Schiffrer
EPSA Vice President of Education

Closing words & final remarks

The General Assembly is the highest decision making body of EPSA. It is a meeting of the EPSA Executive and the Official Delegates of Member Associations with the aim of evaluating EPSA’s past work and deciding on EPSA’s future. All participants of EPSA events are invited to attend as observers.

During the congress, a variety of parallel sessions are held, each tackling a different topic for students to choose from. Workshops are interactive sessions which expand on the topics introduced during the symposium, as well as other topics personalised for participants with different interests and backgrounds. You will also be able to learn more about EPSA’s activities and receive information on how to get involved yourself.

EPSA Trainings are participant-focused interactive sessions facilitated by EPSA Trainers. The trainer plans the framework for the session, which is then shaped by the input of the participants. Trainings usually focus on soft skills, i.e. personal competences that can be developed and strengthened (e.g. communication or stress management skills). Soft skills are still being slowly developed in university curricula, but they are essential to seize the opportunities of modern professional and personal life.

The EPSA Science Day provides the opportunity for students to present their research work to both peer students and professionals, and at the same time sharing their knowledge and practicing for the future. In a formal, yet casual environment, this activity provides the perfect start for students who are eager to share their knowledge and their work, and network with future employers/colleagues.
The Science Day usually consists of a poster exhibition and a session with oral presentations. The oral presentation will be held during a closed session that can be attended by all interested students as long as the room provides enough place. Jury will have here the time to judge upon the participants and participants can present their research without being interrupted by people walking in and out. The poster exhibition will be an open session where speakers are standing by their own poster providing additional information.

Every year on the 27th of April, we celebrate the birthday of the king of the Netherlands. King’s Day is a national holiday and in every city there is a huge party and everyone is dressed in orange (our national colour) or in red-white-blue (the colours of our flag). Because King’s Day is a very nice day to experience as a tourist, we would like to celebrate this day with all participants of the Annual Congress. Logically, Dutch night will be on this evening.