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Defending a thesis can be a taxing experience for any student. For Stine Trolle Poulsen, a newly-graduated Master of Pharmacy student at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, it was an enriching and humbling experience made better by the presence of two friends she made at the Boston University School of... More
Opioid Addiction Epidemic Summit and Hack-A-Thon
By Chelsea Jensen, MPH Candidate in Global Health and the Pharmaceuticals Certificate Program
The Opioid Addiction Epidemic Summit and Hack-a-thon in Boston’s Innovation District was an exciting three-day event sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital Global Medicine, CAM Tech, and the GE Foundation. It brought together over... More
Lancet Youth Commission: Challenging the existing essential medicines paradigm
By Warren Kaplan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
This blog post is based on a recent article titled “Young people and a new vision for essential medicines” published in journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology by Abhishek Sharma... More
Participation in Novartis Access events during the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network meeting and at the World Health Assembly May 2016 by Richard Laing, Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
In late May I was invited to participate in events organized by Novartis in Europe around the Novartis Access program. BUSPH has... More
Summer course ‘Quality in Medicines and Public Health’ in London
by Veronika Wirtz, Associate Professor at Boston University School of Public Health
In beginning of July I was an invited as guest speaker of the summer course on ‘Quality of Medicines and Public Health’ at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine... More
Students Collaborating with BUSPH Faculty to Create a Data Collection Tool
by Kristin Hunt (BUSPH '16)
This past spring semester, I worked with Drs. Veronika Wirtz and Richard Laing to systematically sort and organize over 1,300 previously-collected indicators according to a pharmaceutical system framework. I also collaborated with them as they... More
Management Sciences for Health Practicum Experience
by Kristen Turpin (BUSPH'17)
This summer for my practicum I interned with the Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies group at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in Arlington Virginia. Career Services and my professors in the Pharmaceuticals Program at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) assisted... More
Blog post based on "Challenges of medicines management in the public and private sector under Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme – A qualitative study" by Paul G. Ashigbie, Devine Azameti and Veronika J. Wirtz.
I have read several articles on Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which was established in 2003... More
Policy coherence and incoherence
In November 2015 the United Nation’s Secretary General established a High‐Level Panel on Innovation and Access to Health Technologies and tasked it to “review and assess proposals and recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law, trade rules... More
Most people may think blindly donating medicines to populations in need, in resource-poor countries or after a natural disaster, for example, will help improve public health. Many may think medicines donation is a simple and effective way for organizations such as pharmaceutical companies to contribute to making these people’s lives... More