Com­bino Pharm award for the Best Master of Phar­macy Sym­po­sium Pre­sen­ta­tion

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The Com­bino Pharm award was this year pre­sented to Ste­fan Cas­sar for his pre­sen­ta­tion on the study en­ti­tled Clin­i­cal Prac­tice and Pric­ing In­sights into Medicine Ac­cess In­tel­li­gence.

Through a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment be­tween Com­bino Pharm and the De­part­ment of Phar­macy of the Univer­sity of Malta, the Com­bino Pharm award for the best Master of Phar­macy Pre­sen­ta­tion is pre­sented dur­ing the An­nual Phar­macy Sym­po­sium. Master of Phar­macy stu­dents present their fi­nal year dis­ser­ta­tion as an oral pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the one-week re­search sym­po­sium.

Cas­sar car­ried out the study by analysing real-pa­tient case sce­nar­ios where there was a bar­rier to ac­cess­ing a medicine. Field­work for the study was car­ried out at the Medicines In­tel­li­gence and Ac­cess Unit (MIAU) at the Malta Medicines Author­ity.

The re­sults showed that the most promi­nent rea­son for the in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity to a medicine was due to the prod­uct not be­ing avail­able in Malta, fol­lowed by the price of the medicine. Out of 20 cases fol­lowed dur­ing the study, 14 were re­solved pos­i­tively with the pa­tient ul­ti­mately ac­cess­ing the re­quired medicine.

The study in­di­cated key pri­or­ity ar­eas that lead to bar­ri­ers to pa­tients ac­cess­ing a medicine and val­i­dated the clin­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions by the MIAU.

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