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JoPPP 2020 Virtual Conference on Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice

Date: 20-21 November 2020
Organised by:  Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice

Pharmaceutical policy and practice research deal with the issues related to medicines regulation, access, and use. It also addresses questions such as how and why people access pharmacy services; how much pharmaceutical care costs; and what happens to patients when they use these services.

In this context, the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JoPPP) was launched and the objective was to disseminate empirical research findings, with the aim people everywhere have access to medicines they need and use them rationally. The journal is indexed in Scopus, PubMed Central and Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

JoPPP Conferences

The 1st JoPPP conference on Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Research was organised on 28th-29th August 2019 together with the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), in Shah Alam, Malaysia.  The response was excellent and on following on this, the JoPPP 2020 Virtual Conference was planned.


The aim of this conference was to build on the journal’s work and to discuss broader themes related to pharmaceutical policy and practice research.


  • Methods in producing pharmaceutical policy and practice research
  • Pharmaceutical policy and practice research evidence
  • Access to medicines, pharmaceutical pricing
  • Medicines use, pharmacy practice
  • Public health
  • Big data and pharmaceutical research
  • COVID19 and pharmacists

 Overview and Highlight videos:

Conference Schedule


All times listed are GMT.

Day 1: 20th November 2020

9:20-9:30 am

Welcome Note

Prof. Zaheer Babar

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, UK

Session 1

Video of entire session

Chair: Amy Chan

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Access to insulin issues on the eve of the 100-year anniversary of its discovery

Marg Ewen

Health Action International (HAI), Amsterdam, Netherlands

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Tobacco control policy and practice: What’s next for pharmacists?

Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed

International Islamic University Malaysia

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Increasing access to essential services: Can pharmacists contribute to universal health coverage?

Filipa Costa

University of Lisbon, Portugal


Session 2

Video of entire session

Chair: Faris El-Dahiyat

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Strengthening Medicines Management: Supervision, performance assessment, and recognition strategy   

Birna Trap

Management Sciences for Health,  Nepal

3:00 - 3:45 PM

COVID-19 treatment guidelines in South Africa

Andy Gray

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

3:45 - 4:30 PM

The pharmacy is dead, long live the pharmacist

Darrin Baines

Bournemouth University, UK

Day 2: 21st November 2020

Session 3

Video of entire session

Chair: Nadeem Zia

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Pharmaceutical price comparison studies

Sabine Vogler

Austrian National Public  Health Institute, Vienna, Austria

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Pharmaceutical policies for gaining access to high-priced medicines for rare diseases: Transforming uncertainties into legitimate regulation

Silvana Nair Leite

Universidade Federal De Santa Catrina,


11:00 - 11:45 AM

Digital adherence interventions in asthma

Amy Chan

University of Auckland, New Zealand

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

The Big Data and International Pharmacovigilance

Usman Iqbal

Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Session 4

Video of entire session

Chair: Yousaf Ahmad

2:00 - 2:45 PM    

Future of health technology assessment

Dalia Dawoud

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), UK

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Pharmacists and Covid 19

Nadia Bukhari

University College London, UK


PDF version of the conference schedule.

Conference Co-organizers: Nadeem Zia, Rabbiya Ahmad, Yousaf Ahmad, Faris El-Dahiyat, Amy Chan