Access to Medicines Conference - A High Price to Pay

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26 York Street

off St Stephens Green

Dublin 2


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Rising prices of new medicines are having a profound impact globally and are now exceeding the capacity of even the wealthiest of countries to pay. A panel of leading international experts, patient advocates and industry will come together in Dublin on the 2nd of May to discuss the current model of drugs development and propose interventions and alternative models with the potential to dramatically lower the prices of new medicines.

There will be 2 panels followed by Q&A and refreshments. This conference hopes to engage and inform all stakeholders - government, policy-makers, health care professionals, industry, NGOs, civil society groups and members of the public alike.


10.00 Registration and Coffee/Tea

10.30 a.m - Welcome - Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO and Registrar RCSI

10.40 a.m- Conference opening remarks- Brendan Howlin TD, Labour Party Leader

10.50 a.m - Introduction - Dr Kieran Harkin, Access to Medicines Ireland

11.00 am – Panel A

High price of medicines - A Global and Irish Perspective

Mediator - Deborah Cohen, Associate Editor, British Medical Journal

Keynote Speaker

  • Ellen 't Hoen, LLM - Intellectual property rights expert, Global Health Unit - University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands and director of Medicines Law & Policy.


  • Babalwa Malgas - Lawyer, patient, cancer treatment campaigner, Republic of South Africa

  • James O'Mahony - Health Economist, Centre for Health Policy and Management at Trinity College Dublin.

  • Dimitri Eynikel - Advocacy Advisor Europe, MSF access campaign

12.00 pm - Q&A Facilitated by moderator.

1.00 pm - Lunch

2.00 pmPanel B

High price of medicines - European and Irish Perspective

Mediator - Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, Sunday Business Post

Keynote Speaker;

  • Yannis Natsis - Policy Manager, European Public Health Alliance


  • Oliver O'Connor - CEO, Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

  • Robbie Lawlor - Patient, HIV activist

  • Mark Murphy - GP, Lecturer in General Practice in RCSI and Chair of Communications, Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)

3.00 pm - Q&A - facilitated by moderator

4.00 pm - Closing Remarks - Louise O'Reilly TD, Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson

4.15pm - Refreshments

4.30 pm - Finish

CPD Approved (4 credits)

Target Audience:

A broad range of stakeholders representing the medical profession, the political establishment, the pharmaceutical industry, patient representative groups, NGOs, academic institutions, policymakers, students, and civil society.

Transport and Parking:

RCSI is located close to the centre of Dublin and is served by the Green Line Luas (tram).

There is a well-signposted car park adjacent to RCSI.

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