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PHCY548 Pharmaceutical Policy

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Introduction to a range of issues and questions in pharmaceutical policy: developing and testing medicines, medicines availability, paying for medicines, and pharmaceutical promotion.

Do you know how policy decisions about medicines are made? Would you like to know more about the big issues in medicines development, licensing, funding, marketing and distribution? PHCY 548 offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in analysing and discussing policy issues related to pharmacy and medicines so that you can play a part in policy decisions that affect you and your patients.

Paper title Pharmaceutical Policy
Paper code PHCY548
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 February 2019 - 30 June 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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PHCX 548
Limited to
PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm, PGDipPHC
(i) Can normally only be taken for the qualifications listed above; other students may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the School of Pharmacy. (ii) May not be offered if insufficient numbers of students enrol.
This paper is targeted at health professional graduates, but may be useful to anyone wanting a background in pharmaceutical policy.
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Pauline Norris
Paper Structure
This paper covers:
  • How policy is developed and implemented and how to get involved
  • Policy and drug development
  • Ensuring medicine quality and safety
  • Funding of medicines
  • Promotion and advertising of medicines
  • Policy and community pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical policy issues in developing countries
Teaching Arrangements
Compulsory 2-day weekend workshop (February), compulsory weekend workshop by Zoom (in May/June), and six 2-hour videoconferences
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Knowledgeably discuss a range of pharmaceutical policy issues in New Zealand and internationally
  • Critique and engage with policy decisions related to medicines
  • Confidently and competently formulate arguments and express views on a range of pharmaceutical policy questions

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1st Non standard period (1 February 2019 - 30 June 2019)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system