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We are pleased to announce that the 1st JoPPP conference on Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice will take place on 28 – 29 August 2019 at Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia. Registration is now open. Please visit this page for more information.


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Aims and scope

Uniquely positioned as an interactive platform for pioneering pharmaceutical policy research in developed and developing countries, Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice disseminates empirical research in all aspects of pharmacy including clinical, social, administrative or economic. Dedicated to furthering our vision that people everywhere should have access to the medicines they need and use them rationally, we share new evidence, key issues and perspectives in pharmaceutical policy and practice from researchers, academics and practitioners at local and global levels.

Nominations now open for the 2019 Helen Clark-JoPPP Award in Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice

The Helen Clark-Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JoPPP) Award recognises the talents of exceptional researchers, who are making a significant contribution to the field of pharmaceutical policy and practice. Please follow the link above for more information on how to make nominations. ​​​​​​​

Inaugural Helen Clark-JoPPP Award Winners

Congratulations to joint winners of the Inaugural Helen-Clark-JoPPP Award for Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Research, whose work were judged both on scientific merit and its impact on patients, decisions makers and on the governments.

Professor Richard Laing

Professor Stephen Soumerai​​​​​​​

New thematic series

JoPPP series on access to medicines, pricing, generics, biologics

Series Editors: Andy Gray, Helle Håkonsen, Fatima Suleman, Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar

Series publication date: November 2018

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About the Editor

Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar is Professor in Medicines and Healthcare at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

He is globally recognized for his research in pharmaceutical policy and practice, including the quality use of medicines, clinical pharmacy practice, access to medicines and issues related to pharmacoeconomics. Previously he was the Head of Pharmacy Practice at School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. A pharmacist by training and a Ph.D. in pharmacy practice, Dr. Babar is the recipient of prestigious “Research Excellence Award” from the University of Auckland.

Journal history

In December 2008, Southern Med Review was started by Dr Zaheer Babar to promote pharmaceutical policy research at a global level. It was a biannual publication, and it published more than 70 papers till December 2012, with authors from 45 countries. The journal has been unique in publishing the work of new researchers, documenting the pharmaceutical situation of low- and middle-income countries and debating pertinent pharmaceutical policy questions. The journal's work has been recognized at a global level and, according to WHO, it fulfilled a global need. For example, published studies have been instrumental in changing medicines policies in certain regions, especially in Vietnam and Thailand. The journal is indexed in Scopus, EMBASE and PubMed Central and in 2013 has been relaunched as Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice by BioMed Central.

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is affiliated with The University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Ltd.

Archival content

An electronic archive of content under the journal's previous name Southern Med Review (2009-2012) can be found on PubMed Central.


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