PHA 6269 Pharmaceutical Products & Public Policy


This course challenges students to think about the development of public policy positions and the articulation of organizational policy positions. Students will have the opportunity to develop and debate public policy positions related to the supplying of pharmaceutical products and services and to decide whether specific policies stimulate or stifle the process. Channels of distribution for pharmaceutical products are examined, contrasting the flow of goods and the flow of payments. Product pricing is deliberated along with levers that the government has to address pricing issues.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of the prescription drug supply chain and prescription drug pricing in the United States, as well as the structure of different types of pharmacy benefits;
  2.  Articulate and defend a proposed solution to a public policy issue, including the tradeoffs of policy solutions;
  3. Develop an advocacy document supporting a position on a public policy issue and submit it to a policymaker;
  4. Discuss current public policy issues related to prescription drug products and their use, including, but not limited to:
    a. Explore recent government actions at the federal and state level to address prescription drug pricing;
    b. Identify and discuss the history of and policy consequences associated with the 340B
    prescription drug discount program and the federal government’s response to the prescription opioid crisis;
    c. Discuss efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Congress to address the safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain and the review and approval of biosimilar biologic medicines;
    d. Describe the differences between fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare program, and steps that the government has taken to address each issue; and
    e. Examine factors that impact the development and use of antibiotic treatments in human and animal populations, including approaches to managing antibiotic resistance.

Tuition: $2,250
Credits: 3

*Please note that this syllabus is subject to change. Use the updated syllabus in Canvas as the official course syllabus.