Vera Lucia Luiza is a senior researcher in the Department of Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, part of the National School of Public Health ‘Sergio Arouca’, in Brazil. The Department has been a PAHO‐WHO Collaborating Centre since 1998. Vera was the coordinator from 2010 to 2014. Currently she is coordinating the Public Policies and Health theme in the Public Health graduate course. She is a pharmacist with a Master degree in Hospital Pharmacy, an MBA in strategic management, and a doctorate in Public Health. Over the past decade Vera has carried out research in the field of access and utilization of medicines in Brazil, Latin America and at the global level. Her work has been widely published in many national and international peer‐reviewed journals. She has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Institute and Harvard Medical School.
Selected recent vaccine‐related publications in peer‐reviewed journals
Emmerick IC, Luiza VL, Camacho LA, Vialle‐Valentin C, Ross‐Degnan D. Barriers in household access to medicines for chronic conditions in three Latin American countries. Int J Equity Health 2015 Oct 31;14(1):115.
Luiza VL, Chaves LA, Silva RM, Emmerick IC, Chaves GC, Fonseca de Araújo SC, Moraes EL, Oxman AD. Pharmaceutical policies: effects of cap and co‐payment on rational use of medicines. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2015 May 8;5:CD007017. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007017.pub2
Emmerick IC, do Nascimento JM Jr, Pereira MA, Luiza VL, Ross‐Degnan D; ISAUM‐Br Collaborative Group. Farmácia Popular Program: changes in geographic accessibility of medicines during ten years of a medicine subsidy policy in Brazil. J Pharm Policy Pract 2015 Mar 9;8(1):10.
Azeredo TB, Luiza VL, Oliveira MA, Emmerick IC, Bigdeli M.Stakeholders’ perspectives on access‐to‐medicines policy and research priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean: face‐to‐face and web‐based interviews. Health Res Policy Syst 2014 Jun 25;12:31. doi: 10.1186/1478‐4505‐12‐31.
Emmerick IC, Chaves LA, Marin N, Luiza VL. Strengthening the capacity of managers in pharmaceutical services based on Primary Health Care (PHC) at different levels of the health system. Hum Resour Health 2014 Jun 13;12:34. doi: 10.1186/1478‐4491‐12‐34.