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International

Societies and Organisations

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

An international organisation which draws its membership from physicians, pharmacists, economists, nurses, and researchers from academia, pharmaceutical industry, government, managed care, health research organisations, and purchasers of health care. The Web site features a directory of degree and nondegree programmes in pharmacoeconomics in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, and the Netherlands. Also runs a Professional Recruitment Assistance Program to help match job-seekers with prospective employers.

International Health Economics Association

This association claims one of its aims is to "assist young researchers at the start of their careers." Publishes a monthly online newsletter.

World Health Organisation

The WHO produces both an essential drugs list and treatment guidelines for major conditions that include questions of pharmacoeconomics and are used by many countries in assessing which drugs should be made available to their populations. WHO is also producing training materials in pharmacoeconomics to help purchasing agencies train their staff in best practice.

Job Hunting

Pharmajobs

International job listings for the pharmaceutical industry.

Germany

Organisations and Public Bodies

Expert Council Public Health System (Sachverständigenrat für die Konzertierte Aktion im Gesundheitswesen--SVR KAG)

The Expert Council advises the federal health minister in analyzing medical and economic impacts of new developments and technologies.

PharmaSeiten

Everything to do with pharmaceuticals: associations, government bodies, health insurance companies, etc.

Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte)

BfArM is an independent higher federal authority employing about 850 people. Its main task is to improve the safety of medical products by monitoring risks from medical devices.

Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Verband forschender Arzneimittelhersteller--VFA)

The Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA) is the trade organization of 36 leading research-based pharmaceutical companies in Germany. Together with their 60-plus subsidiaries and affiliated companies, VFA members employ more than 76,800 people in Germany and represent more than two-thirds of the entire German pharmaceutical market.

Association of the German Pharmaceutical Industry (Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie--BPI)

The Association of the German Pharmaceutical Industry represents approximately 310 German pharmaceutical companies and their interests with respect to issues such as drug licensing and reimbursement policy.

BUKO Pharma-Campaign (BUKO Pharma-Kampagne)

The campaign is an association of about 200 third world action and solidarity groups which has monitored the third world activities of Germany's pharmaceutical industry for more than 15 years.

Job Hunting

PersonalMed

German medical jobs.

United Kingdom

Organisations and Public Bodies

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence

A special health authority of the NHS, set up in 1999, to issue guidance on best practise with respect to medicines and other health technologies.

The Office of Health Economics

Founded and supported by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the OHE carries out research and publishes books and briefings.

Job Hunting

healthecon-all

Health Economics Mailbase list--lots of job vacancies and studentship information seems to get whizzed around the health economics community on this list.

Funding

MRC Discipline Hopping Awards

This award scheme allows researchers who can demonstrate an appropriate track record in chemisty, physics, or economics to apply for funding to investigate and develop ideas, skills, and collaborations in the area of biomedical research. Closing date: 15 September 2000

University Departments

Centre for Health Economics, University of York

York has one of the original MSc programmes in health economics. It is also home to the Health Economics Resource Centre, which has lots of useful information and links to further health economics sites.

Other universities now have MSc programmes and carry out research in health economics. A random selection includes Aberdeen, Brunel, and Oxford.