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Ensuring Access to Effective Patient Medication Information

Consumers and patients need information about their medications that is accurate, balanced and delivered in an easily understood format. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that current systems for delivering prescriptions to consumers consistently fail to fulfill the need for pertinent details.

On October 12, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings hosted a public forum to discuss strategies for ensuring that patients have access to effective patient medication information (PMI). Through a series of panel discussions, key stakeholders explored patients’ expectations for this information and how they access the details and warnings, along with feasible solutions for delivering higher-quality information to patients.

After each panel, speakers took audience questions.


Welcome, Overview, Key Elements of Effective PMI


Janet Woodcock

Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - US Food and Drug Administration

9:25 a.m. -- Session I: FDA and Patient Medication Information – The Path Forward


Rachel Behrman

Director, Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research


Amie O’Donoghue

Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA

10:20 a.m. -- Session II: Patient Perspectives – Making PMI More Effective


Doris Peter

Director, Health Ratings Center - Consumer Health Choices


Nancy Hughes

Assistant Vice President of Communications and Marketing, National Health Council


Vanessa Cajina

Statewide Policy Analyst, California Immigrant Policy Center

12:45 p.m. -- Session III: Effective PMI – The Roles of Manufacturers and PMI Vendors


Tom Bizarro

Vice President, Health Policy and Industry Relations, First DataBank


Marissa Craddock

Manager, Labeling, Advertising, and Promotional Materials, Roxane Laboratories, Inc.

2:25 p.m. -- Session IV: Effective Distribution of PMI


Kate Berry

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Surescripts


Will Lockwood

Assistant to the Executive Director, American Society for Automation in Pharmacy


John Coster

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, National Community Pharmacists Association


Russell Teagarden

Vice President, Clinical Practices & Therapeutics, Medco Health Solutions, Inc.

3:50 p.m. -- Recap and Closing Remarks


Rachel Behrman

Director, Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

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