Convergence of medicines "use" and "access" dimensions of policy research: Examples from a personal journey

DRA lecture held by Professor Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, Professor in Medicines and Healthcare and Director of Centre of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Research, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

Professor Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar is globally known for his work in pharmaceutical policy and practice, including quality use of medicines, clinical pharmacy practice, access to medicines and issues related to pharmacoeconomics. He has research collaborations with leading universities such as Harvard Medical School, Austrian Health Institute and with the University of Auckland. He has published in high impact journals such as PLoS Medicine and Lancet and has acted as a consultant for World Health Organization, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Health Action International, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, World Bank, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and for the Pharmaceutical Management Agency of New Zealand. His other work includes a number of books wich are used in curriculum design, policy development and for referral all around the globe. Professor Babar is also the Editor-in-Chief of BMC Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice.

Medicines and pharmacy are evolving at a faster pace and also greatly impacting on the lives of consumers and patients. This presentation will narrate and define pharmaceutical policy and practice research, its importance, the role it has played in changing lives and how it interacts with the other healthcare disciplines. This presentation will cover "medicines use" and "medicines access" research from a personal lens and in the context of different countries; Malaysia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom. It will also discuss the theories and models used within this discipline and how it has transformed health in a spectrum of low, middle and high-income countries. The examples and case studies in all settings would be discussed.

The lecture is organised on behalf of the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy, by Professor Anna Birna Almarsdóttir, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The DRA lecture is free of charge and open for attendance by all interested parties. It is not necessary to pre-register.