Access to Medicines Conference - A High Price to Pay

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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 business leaders 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, business leaders, physicians, NGOs, civil society groups and members of the public alike.

Draft Programme:

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

10.40 a.m - Opening remarks - Minister Simon Harris TD (to be confirmed)

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

11.00 am – Panel A

High price of medicines - Problems

Mediator - Deborah Cohen, Associate Editor, British Medical Journal


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

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

  • James O'Mahony - Health Economist, Trinity College Dublin.

  • HSE Representative (To Be Confirmed)

12.30 pm - Q&A Facilitated by moderator.

1.00 pm - Lunch

2.00 pmPanel B

High price of medicines - Solutions

Mediator - Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, Sunday Business Post


  • Yannis Natsis - Policy Manager, European Public Health Alliance

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

  • Robbie Lawlor - Patient, HIV activist

  • Dimitri Eynikel - Advocacy Advisor Europe, MSF access campaign

3.30 pm - Q&A facilitated by moderator

4.00 pm - Closing Remarks

4.15pm - Refreshments

CPD accreditation applied for

Target Audience:

A broad range of stakeholders representing the medical profession, the political establishment, 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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