Veronika Wirtz

Associate Professor, Global Health

University of London, PhD, MSc
Albert Ludwigs University

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT 363
  • Phone: (617) 414-1440
  • Email: vwirtz@bu.edu

Biography

Veronika J. Wirtz, MSc, PhD has pursued a full-time career in international public health over the last ten years. She has been involved in a wide range of studies and program evaluations focusing on medicines access and utilization.

Her current interest and expertise include medicines price analysis, generic medicines policies, access to medicines for non-communicable diseases and the role of the private sector to promote equitable access and efficient use of medicines in low and middle income countries. Among other international studies Dr Wirtz carried out cross-national comparison of medicines consumption using large sales data bases to inform policy making about adequate use of medicines and prevention of antimicrobial resistance.

From 2004 to 2012 she was researcher and lecturer at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and a founding member and Head of the Medicines in Public Health Research Group which is a multi-disciplinary team of 15 experts in health economics, epidemiology, social science carrying out pharmaceutical policy analysis in Mexico and Latin America.

She has worked as a technical advisor for various international organizations, among them the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Health Action International and the Ford Foundation. She has also worked with the Ministry of Health in Mexico on various program evaluations and capacity building initiatives. She published widely in international peer review journals such as The Lancet, British Medical Journal, World Health Organization Bulletin, Health Policy and Planning, Health Policy, Value in Health, Social Science and Medicine, Tropical Medicine and International Health.

She received her training as a pharmacist from Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany and her Master in Clinical Pharmacy and PhD from the University of London in the UK.

Projects

Publications

Reforming antiretroviral price negotiations and public procurement: the Mexican experience

Adebiyi Adesina, Veronika J. Wirtz, and Sandra Dratler

Health Policy and Planning. 2013 Jan; 28(1):1-10.

Regulation of antibiotic sales in Mexico: an analysis of printed media coverage and stakeholder participation

Anahí Dreser, Edna Vázquez-Vélez, Sandra Treviño, and Veronika J Wirtz

BMC Public Health. 2013 Jan; 12(1051).

Heterogeneous effects of health insurance on out-of-pocket expenditure on medicines in Mexico

Veronika J. Wirtz, Yared Santa Ana Téllez, Edson Servan-Mori, and Leticia Ávila-Burgos

Value in Health. 2013 Jan; 15(5):593-603.

Access to Medicines for Internally Displaced and Not Displaced People in Urban Areas in Colombia

Myriam Ruiz, Veronika J. Wirtz, Alvaro J. Idrovo, and Mary Lupe Angulo

Cadernos de Saúde Pública. 2012 Dec; 28(12):2245-2256.

A New Entity for the Negotiation of Public Procurement Prices for Patented Medicines in Mexico Lessons from the Field

Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Veronika J. Wirtz, Paulina Terrazas, Michael R. Reich, and Maki Ortiz

World Health Organization Bulletin. 2012 Oct; 90:788-792.

Oseltamivir storage, distribution and dispensing following the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak in Mexico

Luis Meave Gutierrez-Mendoza, Brian Schwartz, José de Jesús Mendez-de-Lira, and Veronika J. Wirtz

World Health Organization Bulletin. 2012 Oct; 90:782-787.

Policies to promote use of generic medicines in low and middle income countries: A review of published literature, 2000-2010

Warren A. Kaplan, Lindsay S. Ritz, Marie Vitello, and Veronika J. Wirtz

Health Policy. 2012 Jul; 106(3):211-224.

Allocating Scarce Financial Resources for HIV Treatment: Benchmarking Prices of Antiretroviral Medicines in Latin America

Veronika J. Wirtz, Yared Santa Ana Tellez, Clint H. Trout, and Warren A. Kaplan

Health Policy and Planning. 2011 Dec; 1-11.