The Chapter has submitted comments and recommendations to the Department of Health on the review of the South African Guidelines for Pharmacoeconomic Submissions. The guidelines were reviewed by the Chapter Executive Committee and members during a meeting held on February 12, 2018. The Chapter trusts that the input impact the review of the guidelines, which were last published in February 2013. “The Chapter would like to thank Dr. Richard J. Willke (ISPOR Chief Science Officer) and the co-chairs of the Policy Outlook Committee of ISPOR Health Sciences Policy Council for their input and guidance in the submission” – commented Lynda Woods, President of ISPOR South Africa Chapter.
On April 17, the Chapter is organizing a workshop to discuss: “What is New in Evidence-based Medicine? Current Controversies and Contingencies.” The event will explore the latest trends and applications of EBM.
Topic: What is new in EBM? Current Controversies and Contingencies
Date: 17 April 2018
Time: 09:00 – 15:00
Venue: Midrand, South Africa
Registration: Members: R2,750
Non-Members R 3,500
To register for the workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISPOR South Africa Chapter is organizing an Annual Chapter Conference and Pre-Congress Workshops: 16-17 September 2017 (Pre-Congress Workshops) and 18-19 September 2017 (Conference) to be held at Protea Hotel Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, South Africa.
The theme of the conference is: Partnering for better outcomes. The closing date for abstract submission is 15 August 2017. All presenters must be registered by 4 September 2017.
Short courses topics are the following:
---Systematic reviews in comparative effectiveness research
---Meta-analysis in comparative effectiveness research
---Introduction to pharmacoeconomic modelling
There are eight sessions planned to be presented during the conference. Lynda Woods, Harshal Thaker, Carolle Kinyua, Laura Sawyer, Shaun Nomame, Tiffany Naidoo, Shelly McGee, Ilse Truter and Johanita Burger are the main speakers at the sessions.
Consensus session: Takeaways and steps forward for HTA in South Africa will close the conference.
The Chapter conducted a workshop on August 2, 2017, facilitated by Prof. Paul Reeder from the University of Pretoria "Complex clinical trials. Understanding their design and interpreting results".
Members of the Board of ISPOR South Africa Chapter continued their engagement with the South African Department of Health Pricing Committee to continue the fostering of a good relationship as pharmacoeconomic evaluations become part of the approval process of new medications in South Africa."
Some of ISPOR Africa Chapter members attended the ISPOR meeting in Boston in May 2017. The Board member and previous Chapter president Prof. Jacques Snyman participated in the Africa Network forum presentation “Differential pricing in resource-constrained environments”.
Ms. Lovina Naidoo had a poster accepted for presentation. Her abstract has been published in the ISPOR "Value in Health" journal. "It was my first international ISPOR meeting and it was a mind blowing experience. I cannot emphasize enough as to how valuable this type of meeting is. I highly recommend it as real world educational experience. The last plenary session was the most fascinating and I wish I could listen to it again. It was on "When do we really need randomized controlled trials". Report from ISPOR South Africa Chapter.
|President||Lynda Woods, Dip. General Nursing, Midwifery, Psychiatric Nursing|
|Secretary/Treasurer||Carolle Kinyua, MSc Pharm Sci, MPH|
|Director (Past President)||Shelley McGee, BPharm, BCom, M Health Econ|
|Director (President-Elect)||Tienie Stander, MBChB, MBA|
|Director||Jacques Snyman, MBChB, MPharmMed, MD|
|Director||Johanita Burger, PhD, BPharm, MPharm|
|Director||Harshal Thaker,, BPharm, M Health Econ|
Contact InformationISPOR South Africa Regional Chapter Office