International Conference "Facing the Challenges: Equity, Sustainability and Access"

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Access to medicines is a central pillar of universal health coverage and the sustainable development goals, in particular Goal 3.8 and 3.b. However, large gaps in access to needed medicines remain in low- and middle-income countries and increasingly, high-income country governments are also challenged to provide sustainable access, in particular to high-priced medicines for diseases such as cancer, hepatitis C and rare conditions etc.

To improve access to medicines and increase efficiency in introduction of new medicines, country governments in Europe have started cross border collaboration in a variety of areas using different mechanisms. Collaboration includes topics such as horizon scanning, health technology assessment, price negotiations and joint procurement.

Collaboration on high priced medicines access has increased in recent years due to political interest, uncertainties on the cost-effectiveness on some of the new medicines coming to the market, increased demand for these medicines and limited financial resources among other factors.

This conference aims to share experiences between partners and countries on new ways of collaboration including cross-border collaboration to increase access to medicines.

National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, I.P. (INFARMED)

 

In colaboration with WHO Europe

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Our Conference will take place at the Auditorium on Tomé Pires building, at INFARMED, Autoridade Nacional do Medicamento e Produtos de Saúde ,I.P., in the Lisbon Health Park (Parque de Saúde de Lisboa)

Adress: Avenida do Brasil, 53 
1749 - 004 Lisboa.

GPS: 38°45'29.1"N 9°08'56.1"W

          38.758069, -9.148908


Our location

Lisbon Health Park is close to the Airport, to Campo Grande and to the Lisbon University.


You can drive by car (entering from the Rua das Murtas), by taxi or you can arrive by METRO (leaving at the Alvalade stop by using the Green Line) or BUS (Hospital Júlio de Matos Stop, by lines 206-717-731-735-750-755-767-783)

Finally, you should drive/walk to the Auditorium of Tomé Pires building inside the Lisbon Health Park

All About Portugal

With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world. Come and discover the charms of this country too.



GEOGRAPHY
Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It is 218 km wide and 561 km long. It has 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km border with Spain.

The Azores are situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. They have an area of 2,355 km2 and consist of nine islands - São Miguel and Santa Maria in the Eastern Group, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the Central Group and Flores and Corvo in the Western Group. It takes about two hours to get from the Azores to mainland Portugal by plane.

The Madeira Archipelago has an area of 741 km2 and lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 km from the African coast and 1,000 km from the European continent (1¿ hours flying time from Lisbon). It consists of the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo and the uninhabited Desertas and Selvagens islands, which are nature reserves.

CLIMATE
Mainland Portugal
The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.

In the Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski.

The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea.

There are often warm, sunny days in autumn. Nice weather at the beginning of November is often called "St. Martin¿s Summer" as this saint¿s day is on 11 November.

POPULATION
Portugal has a population of about 10 million.
The population density is at its greatest in Lisbon, the capital and its suburbs, where about 1.9 million people live. The second largest city in Portugal is Oporto in the north.
Generally speaking, there are more people living in the country¿s coastal regions than in the inland areas.

RELIGION
The majority of Portuguese are Catholics, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal.

LANGUAGE
From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in every continent, and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd, if we only consider the European languages.

The Portuguese-speaking countries are scattered all over the world. Portuguese is spoken in Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe), in South America (Brazil) and in Asia, (East Timor, the youngest nation in the world), and it is also the official language in Macao Special Administrative Region of China.

In Portugal there are lots of people who are able to communicate in English, French and Spanish.

From: www.visitportugal.com
 

Lisboa

Lisbon is Portugal's capital and the hub of a multifaceted area that appeals to different tastes and senses.

In a city that has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighbourhood. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, then follow the river to discover some of the city¿s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações.

If you continue to the mouth of the river, you'll understand why we say that Lisbon is the centre of a vast resort. Along the coastal road you¿ll find beaches and beach resorts that combine villas and hotels from the beginning of the 20th century with marinas, terraces and excellent golf courses. Further along the coast you¿ll come across world-renowned surfing beaches, but also the palaces scattered across the cultural landscape of Sintra, a World Heritage Site.

The wide variety of landscapes and heritage is always close by, whether to the north or south of the capital. With beaches, natural parks, cultural routes and accommodation for all tastes, it is hard to escape the Lisbon region on a visit to Portugal.

Fado is another expression of what it is to be Portuguese that has also been awarded World Heritage status. You can hear it at night in a fado house or in a traditional neighbourhood. But go, as well, to the lively bars and nightclubs, to find other types of music. From reggae to African music, new wave, indie or electronic, there¿s a great diversity of sounds and environments, but all are good excuses to have a drink and dance the night away.


From: www.visitportugal.com

   

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gipi.eventos@infarmed.pt
  Francisco Ramos
Secretary of State Assistant and of Health
Ministry of Health
Portugal
Bio
 
 

 

Fatima Suleman
WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation
Utrecht University
The Netherlands
Bio
             
  Maria do Céu Machado
President of the Executive Board
INFARMED - National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, I.P.
Portugal
Bio

 
    Marcus Guardian
Chief Operating Officer
EUnetHTA
Bio
 
             

 

Hanne Bak Pedersen
Manager of Health Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Programme
Division of Health Systems and Public Health
WHO - World Health Organization |Regional Office for Europe
Bio

 
    Yannis Natsis
Policy Manager
Universal Access and Affordable Medicines
EPHA - European Public Health Alliance
Bio
             
  Sofia Oliveira Martins
Member of the Executive Board
INFARMED - National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, I.P.
Portugal
Bio
 

 

Paola Testori Coggi
Chair of the Valletta Technical Committee
Valetta Declaration
Italy
Bio
             
  Sarah Garner
Coordinator Innovation, Access and Use Team
Essential Medicines and Health Products Department
WHO - World Health Organization
Bio
 

 

Flemming Sonne
Chairman of the Board
Nordic Pharmaceuticals Forum
Denmark
Bio
             
  Rui Santos Ivo
Vice-President of the Executive Board
INFARMED - National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, I.P.
Portugal
Bio
    Anna Strömgren
Medical Assessor |TLV - Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency
FINOSE
Sweden
Bio
             
  Rogério Gaspar
Professor of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy |University of Lisbon
Portugal
Bio


 
    Dominik Dziurda
President | Fair And Affordable Pricing Project Technical Unit
Visegrád Group
Poland
Bio 
             
 

Chantal Bélorgey
Director of Medical, Economic and Public Health Assessment
HAS - French Health Authority
France
Bio

   

Julian Perelman
Coordinator
Mission Framework for the Sustainability of the Health Budget Program
Portugal
Bio

             
  Ana Miranda
Coordinator
National Cancer Registry
Portugal
Bio
   

Pedro Pita Barros
Professor of Economics
Nova School of Business and Economics
Portugal
Bio

             
  Aldo Golja
Senior Policy Advisor on Drug Pricing and Reimbursement
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports
The Netherlands
Bio
 
 

 

Panos Kanavos
Associate Professor of International Health Policy
London School of Economics and Political Science
United Kingdom
Bio

 

             

 

Cláudia Furtado
Director of HTA, Prices and Reimbursement
INFARMED - National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, I.P.
Portugal
Bio


 
   

Michael Berntgen
Head of Product Development
Scientific Support Department
EMA - European Medicines Agency

Bio

             
  Patricia Vella Bonanno
Secretary of the Valletta Technical Committee
Valletta Declaration
Malta
Bio
   

Flora Giorgio
Head of Sector Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation
DG for Health and Food Safety
European Commission
Bio

 

             
 

Sabine Vogler
WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies
GÖG - Austrian Public Health Institute
Austria
Bio

   

Valérie Paris
Senior Health Policy Analyst
Health Division
OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Bio

             

 

November 29

KEY POLICY CHALLENGES

WHO Vision and Guidance on HTA and Access to Medicines

Sarah Garner

Abstract | Presentation

 

WHO Initiatives on Access to Medicines in the European Region

Hanne Bak Pedersen

Presentation

 

Portuguese Medicines Policy and Developments

Rui Santos Ivo

Presentation

 

HEALTH OUTCOMES /HEALTH DATA

Real World Data and Decision-Making Procedures

Chantal Bélorgey

Abstract | Presentation

 

Generation of Evidence: Data Monitoring and Registries

Ana Miranda

Presentation

 

Horizon Scanning

Aldo Golja

Abstract | Presentation

Cláudia Furtado

Presentation

 

BENEFITS OF COUNTRY COLLABORATION

Research Study on Impact and Benefits of Cross Border Collaboration

Sabine Vogler | Fatima Suleman

Abstract | Presentation

 

EunetHTA: Ongoing and Future Developments

Marcus Guardian

Presentation

 

CROSSBORDER COLLABORATION INITIATIVES

Valetta Declaration

Paola Testori Coggi

Abstract | Presentation

 

BeNeLuxA

Aldo Golja

Abstract | Presentation

 

Nordic Pharmaceuticals Forum

Flemming Sonne

Abstract | Presentation

 

FINOSE

Anna Strömgren

Abstract | Presentation

 

Visegrad Group

Dominik Dziurda

Abstract | Presentation

 

November 30

SUSTAINABLE ACCESS PRACTICES

Sustainability and Access: The Portuguese Case

Julian Perelman

Abstract | Presentation

 

Innovative Payment Models for High-Cost Innovative Medicines - Expert Panel Opinion on Effective Ways of Investing In Health (EXPH)

Pedro Pita Barros

Abstract | Presentation

 

Positional and Collaborative Negotiations - The Key To Healthy Competition

Panos Kanavos

Presentation

 

PROSPECTIVES

Bridging the Gap: Regulatory & HTA

Michael Berntgen

Abstract | Presentation

 

European Commission Proposal on HTA

Flora Giorgio

Presentation

 

Pharmaceutical Innovation and Access to Medicines

Valerie Paris

Abstract | Presentation