Market Access for Pharmaceutical Products - Trends and Challenges
Learn about key trends in Market Access, how Market Access decisions are made, and how these decision-making frameworks affect evidence-based requirements for new health care interventions.
You will gain skills and insight that will enable you to develop the Market Access strategy that best responds to the demands of constantly changing political climates, health care systems and emerging key influential institutions.
For all the talk about Market Access, not everyone seems to be able to define it. Who are the new key stakeholders, exactly? Is it true that it is no longer the prescribing doctor who decides which drug a patient should use? Is Market Access only about containing costs for the public budget, or are there benefits for patients and society as well?
This course is based on learning through discussion with leading international experts on Market Access.
In the fiercely competitive world of the pharmaceutical market, understanding the landscape inhabited by regulators, diverse payers and technical bodies and knowing how to reach these decision-makers are of vital importance.
The ongoing budget constraints imposed on health care, new ways of managing health care and general demographic changes, coupled with new, innovative and often more expensive pharmaceutical products, present ever more challenging hurdles to securing Market Access and access to patients.
Health care decision-makers around the world are searching for the ideal way to manage health care systems so they meet the needs of the population and optimize use of resources. Decisions on the reimbursement of medicines are now increasingly made using cost-effectiveness, cost-containment and value-based rationales, whereas in the past, it was mainly safety and efficacy which guided such decisions.
The key principles of Market Access
This course will provide insight into the key principles and a practical understanding of Market Access as it relates to the pharmaceutical industry. The course starts with an overview of the key stakeholders and current trends in the global Market Access of pharmaceuticals followed by a review of hot topics, challenges and relevant issues through a combination of lectures, discussions, group work, and case studies.
The topics include
- Introduction to Market Access – who are the actors in Market Access and what roles do they play?
- Key hypotheses for the outlook for the pharmaceutical market
- What is the role of the patient in Market Access?
- Core concepts of Market Access – defining the concepts, theories, and methods relevant for the pharmaceutical industry
- Value generation – the role of clinical trials, real-world evidence, life-cycle management, and health economics
- Health economic aspects of Market Access – economic and financial considerations, core concepts and vocabulary
- Pricing and reimbursement – global vs. local optimization, reference-pricing systems in various markets
- Important decision-makers and trends in the USA, Germany and the UK.
On the course, you will increase your capacity to understand and deal with crucial Market Access issues. You will learn about key trends in Market Access, how Market Access decisions are made, and how these decision-making frameworks affect evidence-based requirements for new health care interventions. You will:
- Acquire a basic market access vocabulary
- Gain insight into the Market Access methodologies toolbox
- Get an overview of the key challenges involved in Market Access
- Identify the key stakeholders and their influence on the drug reimbursement and prescription process in some of the most important markets (e.g. USA, UK, Germany, Italy and France)
- Gain an understanding of payers’ perspectives of key markets and of new reimbursement models impacting Market Access
- Integrate skills enabling you to demonstrate product value
- Discuss new aspects of Market Access like digital health and Value-Based Health Care
Professionals in need of interdisciplinary overview
The course is aimed at providing continuing professional development for professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly those in regulatory affairs, medical affairs, and sales and marketing, including decision-makers and administrators in the public and private sectors.
The course offers an excellent introduction for those less familiar with Market Access and will provide a deeper understanding for those with experience of administration and marketing. Please note, however, that the course is not an advanced course for Market Access specialists.
- Hold a relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
- Have a minimum 2 years of relevant job experience in drug development
- Be proficient in English
Find detailed information about the admission criteria.
Janine Traulsen, Associate Professor/External Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen
Marlene Gyldmark, Global Head Outcomes Research, Health Economics and Health Policy, Roche Diagnostics International, Diabetes Care AG, Switzerland
Other course teachers
Daniel Suhr, Managing Director, Two Scenarios, Denmark
Prof. Dr. Med Joerg Ruof, Dept of Public Health, Hanover Medical School, Germany
Tove Holm-Larsen, Managing Director, Pharma Evidence, Denmark
Jakob Kjellberg, Professor, University of Copenhagen and Program Leader at Vive, Denmark
Arne Kohler, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group, Sweden
Bettina Ryll, MD/ PhD, Melanoma Patient Network Europe
The course also includes additional speakers.
This course is offered as an elective course in Master of Industrial Drug Development and in Master of Medicines Regulatory Affairs.
Priority is given to students enrolled on Master of Industrial Drug Development and Master of Medicines Regulatory Affairs. Once the enrolled students have been admitted to the course, the remaining seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Duration:||5 days on campus|
|Dates:||21-25 August 2023|
|Frequency||Once every year|
|Place:||University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
|Course fee:||22,500 DKK - may be subject to change
Fee includes teaching, course materials, all meals during course hours and examination.
|Level and credit:||Master course; 3 ECTS|
|Examination date:||Please consult the exam schedule|
|Application deadline:||31 May 2023|
|Admission:||To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for Master of Industrial Drug Development|
Course dates and application deadlines are announced via the programme newsletter.
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