UCLA Seminar on Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

UCLA Seminar on Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

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The UCLA Seminar on Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy was first established in the fall of 1990, and is the longest running seminar of its kind in the country.

For almost 35 years, the Seminar presented the research and views of a wide range of scholars, policy-makers and industry officials, all with expertise on various facets of the pharmaceutical marketplace.  The Seminar has never been limited to academics presenting their pharmaceutical sector related research findings, although these sessions are the most frequent, but has always reached out to include a larger set of perspectives.  The latter have included past and present officials at the Food and Drug Administration, healthcare providers, patent attorneys, venture capital firms, and pharmaceutical and health insurance industry executives.  While focused on the structure and performance of the US industry, it has also included speakers from Europe and Asia which have provided an international flavor. Topics presented include strategic and value-based drug pricing, R&D productivity, PBMs, patent and regulatory policy, generic drug competition and quality, and many more.  Attached as examples are the schedules for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years along with the schedules for its first two years: 1990-1991 and 1991-1992.

Starting in the 2023-24 season, the Seminar now includes an annual Stuart Schweitzer Distinguished Speaker lecture, where it hosts an economist who has made particularly significant contribution to the theory and practice of pharmaceutical economics and policy. Professor Mark Pauly from the University of Pennsylvania was the Seminar’s inaugural distinguished speaker.

The Seminar has long been open to the UCLA and USC communities along with interested members of the public.  Current UCLA graduate students in HPM are encouraged to enroll in the Seminar, officially listed as HLT POL M204ABC (4 credit units).  However, non-enrolled students from UCLA, USC, and other institutions are fully welcome to attend sessions of the Seminar.

The Seminar now uses a hybrid format on an as needed basis.


To be added to the listserv, interested parties should contact Dr. Z. John Lu at zjohnluucla@ucla.edu.

Director: Z. John Lu

Telephone:  (310) 825-1070

Fax:  (310) 825-3317

Previous Seminars

The schedules for previous seminars are below: