A short but hectic business week…

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Det här är en kort, men hektisk och spännande, arbetsvecka för mig. I går var jag först med ett antal Pfizer-kollegor på Karlstad Universitet och diskuterade spännande perspektiv på framtidens hälso- och sjukvård med Centrum för Tjänsteforskning (CTF). Sedan på kvällen föreläste jag och Kathrine Löfberg (från Löfbergs) om CSR-arbete inom näringslivet på Folkuniversitetet i samband med en CSR-utbildning i Folkuniversitetets och CSR Swedens regi. Idag har jag jobbat tillsammans med LIF:s kansli i en workshop, också den med fokus på framtidens hälso- och sjukvård och läkemedelsindustrins framtida roll och affär. Imorgon är det en heldag anordnad av CBL-kansliet, Läkemedelsverket, om indikatorer inom ramen för Nationella läkemedelsstrategin (NLS). Jag har fått uppdraget att å LIF:s vägnar leda arbetet med att ta fram indikatorer gällande miljöuppdragen i NLS. Men sen bär det upp till Hovra och spelmansstämman där uppe…

This is a short, but very hectic and interesting, business week for me. Yesterday, I visited Karlstad University together with a group of Pfizer colleagues. We met with representatives for Service Research Center (in Swedish: Centrum för Tjänsteforskning, CTF), discussing the future of healthcare. As you may understand, a large part of the discussion regarded services as an integrated part of our offer to society. The kind of ideas I have discussed here at the blog several times before (e.g. Oct 11, 2012). In the evening of yesterday I gave a lecture together with Kathrine Löfberg (from Löfbergs) regarding CSR programs within industry, as a part of a CSR-course at Folkuniversitetet (in collboration with CSR Sweden).

Today I have had the pleasure to wotk with all LIF Office colleagues in a workshop, once again discussing the future of healthcare. A lot of the discussion here were also focusing the role of the pharmaceutical industry in that future. Very interesting discussions!

And tomorrow I will be working together with representatives from the healthcare sector on indicators for the completion of all the different tasks within the Swedish National Pharmaceutical Strategy (NPS). I will have the pleasure, on behalf of LIF, to lead the work to develop indicators for the environmental tasks within NPS. As you probably know there are four environmental tasks in the strategy:

7.1. Investigate if the environmental aspects should be considered when decisions on subsidy for a pharmaceutical are decided (Lead: Ministry of Health): Review of possibilities to – within the context of the national reimbursement system – increasingly take environmental considerations.
7.2. Encourage voluntary control of emissions from pharmaceutical factories (Lead: LIF): Introduction of a voluntary environmental assessment of pharmaceutical products.
7.3. Investigate what further measures can be taken at national level to reduce wastage of medicines or in other ways limit the environmental impact of use of pharmaceuticals (Lead: Swedish MPA): Investigation of the causes of wastage and propose measures to reduce wastage of medicines. Implementation of joint information efforts to encourage patients to return leftover medicines.
7.4. Promote the possibilities for environment considerations during production and use of medicines (Lead: Cabinet Office): The Government on June 9, 2011 took the decision (M 2010:04) to give Miljömålsberedningen the additional task of developing a strategy for Sweden’s work in the EU as well as internationally for a non-toxic environment. The strategy should also encompass the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment.

And then on Thursday, Friday and the weekend will be devoted to my violin and folklore music. I will mong other things participate in a ”fiddler’s gathering” up in Hovra in Hälsingland. Really looking foward to that!

Not to forget, I’ll keep you updated on the work on the NPS indicators as it move forward.

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