Webinar: Changes in pharmacy systems in the Nordic countries - evidence based or an ideological playground?

Are you interested in finding out more about the impact of pharmacy reforms in the Nordic countries?

We welcome you to a webinar open to all on 16 April 2024:

Changes in pharmacy systems in the Nordic countries - evidence based or an ideological playground?

The aim of the webinar is to describe the measures taken in the Nordic countries to improve the efficiency of pharmacy systems and to present research results on the impact of the changes. The webinar also allows discussion of the system reforms in different countries and identify research needs for the future.

The webinar will be organised by social pharmacy researchers from across the Nordic countries. As researchers, we want to share research results on the pharmacy system reforms and facilitate discussion around the topic.

The webinar will be the first in a series and will start an annual Nordic webinar series on various pharmaceutical policy issues.

The webinar is supported by Nordic POP. The participating universities are the University of Eastern Finland, University of Iceland, University of Copenhagen, University of Oslo, University of Uppsala and University of Tartu.


Aim of the webinar 

The pharmacy systems have undergone fundamental changes in some Nordic countries, whereas in some other countries such developments are currently under discussion. The changes have been studied with the recognition of underlying ideological and political motivations, and also often with unintended consequences. As researchers, we want to share the evidence of pharmacy system reforms in order to be able to learn between Nordic countries, and furthermore, to identify critical needs for pharmaceutical policy research in the future. 

Thus, the aims of the webinar are to

  • describe the measures taken in Nordic countries towards pharmacy system effectiveness and the evidence of the outcomes,
  • discuss policy changes in pharmacy systems, and the arguments and ideologies behind them,
  • highlight the need for future research of pharmacy system policies.

Time and place:16th April 2024, online Webinar 

Target groups: decision makers, authorities, pharmaceutical sector stakeholders, researchers, students, all interested in pharmaceutical policy issues

Organizers: pharmaceutical policy researchersfromthe University of Copenhagen, University of Eastern Finland,University of Iceland, University of Oslo, UppsalaUniversityand University of Tartu

The Webinar is organized withinthe Nordic POP-collaboration between 10 Nordic partner universities and 5 affiliated Baltic universities. 



(Note that this program is at UCT +2 time zone, i.e., follows the time in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In Finnish and Estonian time the webinar starts at 13.00)

Chair: Katri Hämeen-Anttila, professor, University of Eastern Finland, School of Pharmacy

12.00 Opening remarks & welcome
12.10 Ideologies behind the health care and pharmacy policies –what are they?

          //Ulrika Winblad, professor, Uppsala University, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences

12.30 Pharmacy systems in Nordic countries: current regulations

          // Leena Reinikainen,Development Specialist, Finnish Medicines Agency FIMEA

12.45 Questions and commentsforthefirst speakers

Short break& stretch 

13.00 Intended and unintended consequences of pharmacy reforms–The Swedish case

          // SofiaKälvemark-Sporrong, professor, University of Uppsala, Department of Pharmacy

Short comments
  • Iceland: Anna Birna Almarsdottir, professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Pharmacy
  • Estonia: Daisy Volmer, associate professor, University of Tartu, Department of Pharmacy
  • Norway: Ingunn Björnsdottir, associate professor, University of Oslo, Department of Pharmacy

13.30 Questions and comments for the speakers
14.00 Discussion:pharmacy systems and reforms
  • sharing experiences and thoughts within small groups
  • general discussionwith all participants

15.00 Closing remarks and end of the webinar