Assessing Country Medicines Situations

Measuring Country Medicines Situations

For many years, DPM faculty members have provided technical assistance to the World Health Organization, the UK Department for International Development (DFID)-supported Medicines Transparency Alliance, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, the Gates Foundation-funded Sustainable Drug Seller Initiatives (SDSI), and others in the development of standardized tools to measure important aspects of country pharmaceutical situations.

Specialty Medicines Research

Specialty medicines, many of which are products of biotechnology advances, can provide novel and potentially life-changing treatment options for a growing number of serious conditions, including cancers and inflammatory diseases.  At the same time, the increasingly high costs of specialty medicines represent an enormous economic burden to patients and society.  Allocating scarce resources to specialty medicines involves many difficult ethical and economic decisions for both families and payers.

Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative Research

The Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative is a unique partnership between academics, health care delivery systems, health care financing institutions, and international organizations.  We seek to improve population health through evidence-informed medicines policies and programs in health systems, with a particular focus on emerging and expanding insurance schemes in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) working toward universal health coverage.


MedIC activities focus on

Cancer Care Delivery and Policy

The cancer research program at the Department of Population Medicine spans the spectrum of cancer from prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to survivorship and palliative care. The research portfolio includes studies of a broad variety of defined populations and a range of clinical, health services, and policy research areas using a range of innovative research methods. For more information about our cancer research activities, please see the Cancer Research Homepage.