2017 Universal Access & Affordable Medicines Forum of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)



Under the auspices of the Bulgarian Ministry of Health

November 21, 2017 • 9AM – 6PM

Martin’s Brussels EU Hotel

Boulevard Charlemagne 80, 1000 Brussels

#GameChangers was a day full of stimulating and lively discussions on the hottest topics in the access to medicines debate:

– Incentives in drug development: Towards profiteering or genuine innovation?
– The push for accelerated approvals: Speed and deregulation over patient safety and robust evidence?
– Transparency in pharmaceuticals: Desirable &/or feasible?
– Business strategies, anti-competitive practices & medicines’ shortages: What is the way out?

About the event


08.45 – 09.15


  09.15 – 09.45


09.45 – 11.15

PANEL 1: Transparency in pharmaceuticals: desirable and/or feasible?

  11.30 – 13.00

PANEL 2: Drug development: do the incentives work?

 13.45 – 15.15

PANEL 3: The push for accelerated drug approvals: speed and deregulation over patient safety and robust evidence?

 15.30 – 17.00

PANEL 4: Business strategies, anti-competitive practices & medicines’ shortages: what is the way out?




Zlatimira Dobreva,

Representative of the Ministry of Health, Bulgaria

Andrzej Rys,

Director Responsible for Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European

Yannis Natsis,

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

Dr Andrew Hill,

Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Liverpool University

Dr Síle Lane,

Head, International Campaigns and Policy, Sense about Science, UK

Francis Arickx,

Head, Pharmaceutical Department, National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV INAMI)

Aldo Golja,

Senior Policy Advisor, Pricing and Reimbursement-Coordinator of the BeNeLuxA Initiative on Pharmaceutical Policy, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport,
The Netherlands

Boris Azais,

Director, Public Policy for Europe and Canada, MSD

Dyfrig Hughes,

Professor of Pharmacoeconomics, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, Co-Director, Centre for Health Economics & Medicines Evaluation

Els Torreele,

Executive Director, Access Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Elizabeth Kuiper,

Executive Director Public Affairs European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, EFPIA

Marcel Canoy,

Advisor, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)

Claudia Wild,

Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment

Antonio Addis,

Researcher, Department of Epidemiology, Regional Health Service,

Simon Collins,

Patient Advocate, HIV i-Base

Beate Wieseler,

Head, Department of Drug Assessment, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care

Helen Lee,

Unit B5 – Medicines: policy, authorisation and monitoring DG Santé,
European Commission

Marc-Alexander Mahl,

President, Medicines for Europe

Aida Batista,

Vice-President, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP)

Fernando Lamata,

Senior Expert on Health Care Policies, Impeller of the Association for a Fair Access to Medicines, Spain

Vlad Voiculescu,

Member, Romanian Health Observatory

Rainer Becker,

Head of Unit for Antitrust Pharma and Health services, Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission

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The 2016 Universal Access and Affordable Medicines Forum of the European Public Health Alliance

Organised under the auspices of the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU

Thank you to all the #GameChangers who joined us on 21 November!



Yannis Natsis

Policy Manager for Universal Access and Affordable Medicines

Zlatimira Dobreva

Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU | First Secretary Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices

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