Category: Fellows Posters
Health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) is a growing field in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly at the interface between companies, sponsors, and payers. The role of Doctors of Pharmacy (PharmDs) in this department has expanded over the past several years given their training and experience. Fellowships provide structured programs for PharmDs to build competencies and understand the impact of industry professionals on healthcare and the economy on a global scale. However, the roles and responsibilities of these fellowship programs have not been well characterized. This study was conducted to evaluate the structure, activities, and responsibilities of PharmDs pursuing HEOR fellowships.
As the healthcare landscape changes, the need for biopharmaceutical companies to demonstrate the value in new therapeutics has come into focus. This has highlighted the role of HEOR departments, and pharmacists are uniquely positioned to contribute to these efforts. Although largely dependent on program structure, fellows report obtaining experience across a wide array of key HEOR deliverables. Fellowship programs provide exposure to important HEOR-related activities throughout the drug development process. These results offer a broader understanding of the currently available postdoctoral HEOR training programs, and can help guide curriculum development for program stakeholders.