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2000 Policy Summit

"Access to Pharmaceuticals: Issues for the Underserved"

Summary of Policy Summit

The Medpin Program, with support from the California HealthCare Foundation, convened a select group of California health care leaders to participate in a policy summit on the rising cost of pharmaceuticals. More than thirty people were part of an unprecedented face-to-face convening of California leaders on pharmaceutical and indigent care issues. This group represented leadership from health care payer organizations, consumers and consumer groups, health care providers and provider organizations, pharmaceutical-related companies, and state policy makers.

Below are the follow-up activities that the June 2000 summit participants indicated as their highest priorities:
  • Work with people interested in statewide or group pharmaceutical purchasing for California indigents, with attention to issues such as federal or state regulatory issues, the federal Public Health Service (340B) program, pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs, and price control questions.

  • Serve as convenor, information conduit, and catalyst for interested groups to become more informed and involved in state and national policy regarding pharmaceuticals and indigent care.

  • Leverage the attention and access generated by the Pharmaceuticals and Indigent Care Program/ Drug Distribution Project to provide technical assistance to safety net providers wanting to improve their drug selection, purchasing, and management activities.
Please click here to view the 22-page summit report.

Medpin continues to consult with and inform many of the groups represented at the summit, as well as other organizations, agencies, and companies, through our Advisory Board and other convenings of working groups and advisory bodies.

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