September 2007

The ISPOR eBULLETIN provides updates of recent ISPOR activities and events. For detailed information on ISPOR activities, members are encouraged to go to: Please share these new ISPOR activities with your colleagues.


ISPOR 1st Latin America Conference, Cartagena, Colombia

The ISPOR 1st Latin America Conference, "Current and Future Perspectives of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Latin America," will be held 9, 10, 11 September 2007, Hilton Cartagena Hotel and Convention Center, Cartagena, Colombia. New Plenary Sessions speakers added:
Plenary Session I: Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research In Latin America >>

Plenary Session II: Health Care Technology Assessment (HTA): Developing & Using The Evidence In Health Care Decisions >>


ISPOR 10th Annual European Congress, Dublin, Ireland

The 10th Annual European Congress, "Expanding European Horizons for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research" will be held 20-23 October 2007. The program features 19 pre-congress short courses and over 700 presentations. For full details, go to:
10th Annual European Congress Program >>


NEW! Short Courses: Propensity Scores and Comorbidity Risk Adjustment and Patient Registries


ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Canada

The 13th Annual International Meeting, "Vive la Différence - Enhancing/Expanding Outcomes Research One Country at a Time," will be held May 3-7, 2008, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.To view the 13th International Meeting preliminary info, see:

ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting >>


NEW! Value in Health On-line Early Papers Now Available

Online Early articles are available at:
Value in Health On-Line Early >>


*The Impact of Body Weight on Patient Utilities with or without Type 2 Diabetes: A Review of the Medical Literature


*Reliability of Two Instruments for Critical Assessment of Economic Evaluations


*Diabetes-Specific or Generic Measures for Health-Related Quality of Life? Evidence from Psychometric Validation of the D-39 and SF-36


*A Multinational Investigation of Time and Traveling Costs in Attending Anticoagulation Clinics


*Duration of Antipsychotic Drug Therapy in Real-World Practice: A Comparison with CATIE Trial Results


*The Burden of Ankylosing Spondylitis in Spain


*A Modeled Economic Evaluation Comparing Atomoxetine with Stimulant Therapy in the Treatment of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in the United Kingdom


*A Longitudinal Analysis of Outcomes Associated with Abciximab and Eptifibatide in a Consecutive Series of 3074 Percutaneous Coronary Interventions


*Outcome Measurement in Clinical Genetics Services: A Systematic Review of Validated Measures


*Patient-Reported Outcomes and Health-Care Resource Utilization in Patients with Psoriasis Treated with Etanercept: Continuous versus Interrupted Treatment


*Validation of a Prediction Model to Estimate Health Utilities Index Mark 3 Utility Scores from WOMAC Index Scores in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Hip


ISPOR CONNECTIONS Volume 13, Issue 4 Now On-Line

ISPOR CONNECTIONS Volume 13, Issue 4 is now available on-line.  Featured articles in POLICY ANALYSIS include: Looking for a Willingness to Pay (WTP) Threshold for a QALY - Does it Make Sense? - A Critical View," "Looking for a Willingness to Pay (WTP) Threshold for a QALY - Does it Make Sense? - A Practical View," and "An Introduction to Recently Developed Methods for Analyzing Censored Cost Data," and in ECONOMIC ANALYSIS,

"Letter to the Editor: Access Time and Uptake of New Medicines for Reimbursement in Belgium." To view this issue, go to:


ISPOR CONNECTIONS Welcomes New Editors-in-Chief

ISPOR CONNECTIONS is pleased to announce that Thomas Mittendorf PhD, MSc, of the University of Hanover, Hannover, Germany and David Thompson PhD of i3 Innovus, Medford, MA, USA are the new Editors-in-Chief for ISPOR CONNECTIONS.  Dr. Mittendorf and Dr. Thompson will succeed Steve Marx PharmD, MS, of Abbott, Abbott Park, IL, USA, when his term expires in June 30, 2008. Dr. Mittendorf and Dr. Thompson will assume Associate Editor-in-Chief roles until they begin their terms as Editors-in-Chief in July 1, 2008.


ISPOR Local Chapter News

NEW! The ISPOR Colombia Chapter was approved June 20, 2007! For more information, go to: ISPOR Columbia Chapter >>


NEW! The ISPOR South Africa Chapter was established in May 20, 2007. The First General Annual Meeting was held on August 2, 2007 in Midland, South Africa. For more information, please see: ISPOR South Africa Chapter >>


NEW! The ISPOR Argentina Chapter will host its inaugural conference, "Constructing Patient Registries" November 23-24, 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information, go to: ISPOR Argentina Chapter >>


Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy

In association with The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), ISPOR is continuing as a member service to provide access to the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy (JMCP) to its members. For the latest issue, see:
JMCP Volume 13, Issue 5 2007 Table of Contents >>


ISPOR Website Tip of the Month
Members can now access the ISPOR Digest of International Databases to gain information about 48 health care databases from 36 countries.  To access the Digest, go to: Please use the same link to enter your agencies or organization’s database.  The Digest is an initiative of the ISPOR Retrospective Database SIG group.


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Short Courses in Health Economics

in Hong Kong and Shenzhen


University of Oxford

Health Economics Research Centre

Health economists from the University of Oxford, UK, are giving two courses in health economics in November 2007 in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.


Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation

A one day course for managers, researchers and students. No previous knowledge required.

6 November at School of Public Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin

12 November at Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Advanced Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

A three day course for health sector economists and researchers.

8-10 November at School of Public Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin


All courses taught in English.


More information: Inquiries and bookings: Email Phone 0044 1865 289272/3.

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9,10,11 September 2007

ISPOR 1st Latin America Conference, Cartagena, Colombia



18 September, 2007

Early Registration Deadline: ISPOR 10th Annual European Congress



October 8, 2007

Abstract Submission Opens: ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada



20-23 October, 2007

ISPOR 10th European Congress

Dublin , Ireland



November 30, 2007

Nominations Deadline:

ISPOR International Fellowship Award



December 1, 2007



ISPOR Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award





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