High-cost Drug Evaluation

Getting the most value with an evidence-based approach

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DrugValue Symposium: Saturday May 5, 2018

In conjunction with GRADEconf, a clinical guideline development workshop using the GRADE approach, this symposium will discuss how to implement an evidence-based decision-making process into formulary selections. This symposium is supported by the Evidence Foundation, the U.S. GRADE Network, and the Department of Pharmacy, VA Medical Center, Cleveland.

  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8 am to 12 pm
  • Where: The Westin Cleveland Downtown
  • Registration fee: early bird: $75 (ends March 10, 2018), regular: $100
  • Registration is processed through the Evidence Foundation
Whoshould attend?
  • Pharmacists involved in formulary decisions
  • Clinicians interested in guideline development
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) committee members
  • Nurses interested in Drug Benefit Management
  • Policy Makers, Payors, and Health Scientists interested in coverage decisions
  • Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM)
  • Trainees interested in high-cost drug evaluations
Whatare the conference objectives?
  • Explain the rationale for applying a rigorous methodology, such as GRADE, to the formulary decision-making process for high cost drugs
  • Identify key stakeholders in your organization to participate in drug coverage decisions regarding medications with high cost impact on your operations
  • Formulate a plan to integrate evidence-based methodologies (e.g., evidence rating systems; evidence to decision frameworks, etc.) into your organization's formulary decision process
Howto get additional training?
  • Those with interest in additional, hands-on training in GRADE methodologies may consider signing up for the preceeding GRADE Guidelines Workshop:
  • May 2 - 4, 2018 at the Westin Conference Hotel
  • Book early as workshop seats are limited.
  • A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are available for those attending the GRADE Guideline workshop, including additional nights to attend the DrugValue symposium

Pre-symposium survey

We would love to hear from you! How do you manage high cost drugs?

Symposium Program

05MAY 2018
7:30am - 8:00amFoyer


Please pick up your badge at the registration table in front of room "Calypso"

8:00am - 8:30amCalypso

Welcome and Symposium overview

We will provide an overview and set objectives for the conference

Yngve Falck-Ytter

8:30am - 8:50amRoom Calypso

Making sensible recommendations for costly drugs

Challenges of implementing evidence-based approaches to formulary decision-making

Yngve Falck-Ytter

8:50am - 9:10amRoom Calypso

Managing high-cost drugs: The Cleveland Clinic experience

Mandy Leonard

9:10am - 9:30amRoom Calypso

Managing high-cost drugs: The University Hospitals experience

Indrani Kar

9:30am - 9:50amRoom Calypso

Coffee/Networking break

A light refreshment will be served

9:50am - 10:10amRoom Calypso

Managing high-cost drugs: The The MetroHealth experience

Christina Wadsworth and Jan Kover

10:10am - 10:30amRoom Calypso

Managing high-cost drugs: The Cleveland VA experience

Candice Wenzell

10:30am - 11:15amRoom Calypso

Work through sample GRADE Evidence Profiles and Evidence-to-Decision (EtD) tables

Candice Wenzell and Yngve Falck-Ytter

11:15am - 11:50amRoom Calypso

Round table discussion

11:50am - 12:00pmRoom Calypso

Managing high-cost drugs: summary and wrap-up

Take Your Seat!

The number of available seats are limited - register soon!



This symposium is supported by the Evidence Foundation, the U.S. GRADE Network, and the Department of Pharmacy, VA Medical Center, Cleveland.

  • Evidence Foundation
  • US GRADE Network
  • VA Medical Center Cleveland
  • Cochran Urology