We met up with a pharmacist, Holger Neye, working for the physician organization Kassenarztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein (KVN) which is the regional organization of KBV (we were there during our Berlin week). The KVN serves as the local representatives of the KBV.
Mr. Neye gave us a presentation about funding doctors receive for their patients' medications and how this budget is determined. We shared how in the USA, we utilize insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers to try to limit healthcare costs, and that our doctors do not have budgets for their patients' prescriptions.
In the afternoon, we headed to the University of Dusseldorf to learn more about the PhD program within the Institution of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. We listened to a presentation about different research topics at the Institute, and then took a tour of the Institute's facilities. Many of the machines and technology are donated or contracted from pharmaceutical industry companies for a period of time.
After the tour, we had a discussion about the program and how our pharmacy education in the USA compares.
Sebastian led us back to the Burgerstube in the afternoon, and we had a couple hours to relax before our final farewell dinner at the Burgerstube.
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