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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to Croatia for the EACPT Focus Meeting, which will be held in Opatija in October 2016. The title of the meeting is “How to Assess Medicines from Research to Clinical Practice? Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Economic – 3E Assessment”.
There are several hurdles on the path from an identified molecule, a candidate for drug development, to a registered medicine used to treat patients in everyday clinical practice. The objective of this EACPT Focus Meeting 2016 is to increase awareness, knowledge and use of critical assessment pillars (efficacy, effectiveness, and economics) for medicinal products in everyday clinical practice in order to improve healthcare outcomes in affordable manner.
Efficacy is the capacity for a therapeutic effect of a medicine (or intervention which could also include, medical device, surgical procedure, or a public health intervention) tested in a defined clinical condition i.e. randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Effectiveness can be defined as the extent to which a medicine achieves its effect in the usual clinical setting i.e. if it works in real life in non-ideal circumstances and this can be evaluated through observational or non-interventional studies of real practice.Progression from efficacy trials to effectiveness studies could be defined as a part of a continuum, which will end with efficiency, and economic assessment of medicines as a part of the health technology assessment (HTA) procedure. Economic evaluation serves as a tool to assess the value of a medicine by comparing the costs and outcomes of a medicine with those of an accepted therapy. This economic assessment is used to inform pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement decisions worldwide, which will certainly have direct impact on the availability of the specific medicine to the individual patient.
Many distinguished clinical pharmacologists and other scientists will take part in this Meeting. Papers will be presented in the form of plenary sessions, workshops and posters and we are very happy that EACPT will support the attendance of young clinical pharmacologists.
Come and join us in Opatija, a beautiful city on the Adriatic coast that provides an ideal location for thisinternational educational and scientific event. We very much look forward to your participation at theEACPT Focus Meeting 2016 and to welcoming you in Croatia.
Prof. Dinko Vitezić, MD, PhD
Chairman of the EACPT Focus Meeting 2016
Chairman of the Croatian Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Croatian Medical Association
Prof.Tabassome Simon, MD, PhD
Chairman of the EACPT