Kick-off Webinar of the Global Pharmaceuticals & Society Studies Network 9th February 2023
Webinar on Challenging Pharmaceutical Innovation
Public-private-patient partnerships, compounding or magistral preparation, and academic development of pharmaceuticals: alternatives to the classical pharmaceutical innovation model have taken off (again) since the turn of the century. Actors driving them include patients, clinicians, and pharmacists, often supported by healthcare insurers and policymakers at national and international levels.
Generally, these new ways of organising pharmaceutical innovation respond to well-known availability, accessibility, and affordability problems that increasingly dominate pharmaceutical spaces across the globe.
To make these initiatives successful, people take on new-to-them roles or join hands with others in partnerships. They are, as such, examples of social innovation. These social pharmaceutical innovation (SPIN) initiatives are strongly context-dependent and remain loosely connected, if at all (Douglas et al., 2022). At the same time, the experienced problems that SPINs seek to address are remarkably similar across different contexts. Given these factors, there is enormous potential in sharing experiences to promote patient access to medicines.
On 9 February 2023 from 16:00-17:30 CET, the Global Pharmaceuticals & Society Studies Network will devote its kick-off webinar to introducing you to several social innovation alternatives and how they challenge current modes of organising pharmaceutical innovation. Confirmed speakers include Stephanie Michaud (BioCanRX, Canada), Anne Pollock (Kings College London, Agnes Jaulent (espeRare Foundation, Switzerland).
The GPSS network aims to stimulate cross-national knowledge exchange and build a community to provide for collaborations in critical pharmaceutical studies. We seek to facilitate reflection and critical discussion on political, economic, social, and ethical issues related to pharmaceutical development, production, marketing, use, and regulation.
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Conor Douglas (York University, Canada)
Paul Martin (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Sarah Wadmann (Danish Center for Social Science Research, Denmark)
Tineke Kleinhout-Vliek (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
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