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Vogler S.,Gesundheit Osterreich GmbH Osterreichisches | Leopold C.,Gesundheit Osterreich GmbH Osterreichisches | Zimmermann N.,Gesundheit Osterreich GmbH Osterreichisches | Habl C.,Gesundheit Osterreich GmbH Osterreichisches | de Joncheere K.,World Health Organization
Health Policy and Technology | Year: 2014

Objective: To present the Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Information (PPRI) initiative, as an illustrative example of an engagement with policy makers in the field of pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement. Methods: The paper is based on internal assessments and feed-back from the involved policy makers as well as an external evaluation. Results: PPRI is a network of around 70 institutions, mainly public authorities for pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement information from 41, mostly European, countries. It evolved from a European Commission co-funded project in 2005-2007 into a self-funded Member States borne initiative. The first years of PPRI were characterized by trust-building and developing a joint understanding and language. In the initial stages, country reports, so-called 'Pharma Profiles', written by policy makers, were among the most important deliverables. In the course of time, ad-hoc queries which require immediate, brief and precise answers have gained importance. PPRI is predominantly an internal network for and with policy makers; it is not a policy-making body. Conclusions: After nearly one decade of existence, the PPRI network appears to be a sustainable network. Policy makers are committed to provide and share data and to contribute to the network as they have an added value for their daily work from access to evidence and the exchange of information and experience with fellow colleagues from other countries. The change in organisation from a research project to an independent networking initiative offers flexibility to react quickly to current challenges, but implies limited funding for the research agenda. © 2014 Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.

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