Massachusetts Medical Society: 15th Annual Public Health Leadership Forum

15th Annual Public Health Leadership Forum

The Prescription Drug Predicament: Improving Access and Fostering Innovation  
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


What can we do about prescription drug costs? Physicians, here’s your chance to find out. 

The pharmaceutical industry is essential to developing and providing lifesaving medical treatments. But the price of prescription drugs can prevent patients from getting the medicines they need. At the 15th Annual Public Health Leadership Forum, a free half-day CME program, health care leaders and practitioners will gather to grapple with prescription drug costs and the implications for patients, doctors, and public health.

The program will identify opportunities for balancing our reliance on pharmaceutical innovation against the price of prescription drugs as a barrier to access. Speakers include Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, commissioner of MDPH; Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, dean of BU School of Public Health, and Kenneth Kaitin, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. The event includes a panel discussion and networking opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the impact of rising prescription drug prices on patients and the health care system
  • Identify the main factors that contribute to high drug prices in the United States
  • Give examples of how regulation and competition influence the pharmaceutical industry
  • Discuss the importance of pharmaceutical innovation in treating disease
  • Describe the actual and potential public health consequences of high-priced pharmaceuticals and supply shortages
  • Demonstrate how cost, formularies and coverage decisions effect patients’ treatment decisions and their access to prescription drugs


1:00 PM Opening Remarks

Alain Chaoui, MD, FAAFP

President, Massachusetts Medical Society
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John Burress, MD, MPH
Chair, Committee on Public Health
Massachusetts Medical Society

Featured Guest- Introduction of Keynote
Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
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Keynote Presentation 
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH 
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Boston University School of Public Health  
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Moderator’s Overview
Harold Cox, MSSW 
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Boston University School of Public Health

Treatment Costs: Implications for Patients and Doctors
Alysse Wurcel, MD, MS 
Attending Physician and Assistant Professor
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University School of Medicine
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2:40 PM Networking Break

The Drug Development Process
Kenneth Kaitin, PhD 
Professor of Medicine and Director
Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development
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Preserving Innovation and Access to Pharmaceuticals : A Panel Discussion
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Ed Silverman 
Pharmalot Columnist


William Smith, PhD 
Visiting Fellow in the Life Sciences
The Pioneer Institute

Michael Sherman, MD 
Chief Medical Officer
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Sharon Glave Frazee, PhD, MPH 
Vice President of Research and Education
Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute

Alyssa Vangeli, JD, MPH
Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations 
Health Care for All                                                 

5:00 PM Adjournment

Accreditation Statement:
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2.25 credits meet the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.



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