Faculty of Pharmacy Dean’s Award goes to Sandoz Development Center Slovenia associate Klemen Naveršnik, PhD.

4. 12. 2014

Yesterday, during the ceremony to mark the Research Day of the Faculty of Pharmacy held as part of University Ljubljana Week, the recognitions were presented to students as well as the Dean’s and Prešeren Awards of the Faculty of Pharmacy. Klemen Naveršnik, PhD., prototype analytics group head at the Sandoz Development Center Slovenia, received the Dean’s award for the most prominent scientific achievement in 2014.

The award was received for that part of his doctoral thesis titled The role of correlations in pharmacoeconomic models. The chapter, Measuring the cost-effectiveness during routine use: proposal for risk-sharing in the introduction of online e-service for the treatment of depression, was published in a high-impact scientific journal, which is a prerequisite for receiving the Dean’s Award.

»I researched economic evaluation of the e-service for the treatment of depression. My colleagues from the University of Primorska have developed a program for support treatment of depression, based on the use of on-line and mobile communication channels. I have then developed an economic model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this service. The service proved to be highly cost-effective. Unfortunately, the result is fairly uncertain due to a lack of data on the effectiveness of the service in real life. Therefore I used a model of risk-sharing between the payer and the service provider that enables us to provide a high value service for the patient. It’s all about the regulation of service price for each patient with regard to real performance achieved, i.e. a kind of efficacy guarantee,« explained Klemen Naveršnik.

All five recipients of this year’s Dean’s Awards presented their work in a lecture accompanying the Faculty of Pharmacy Research Day. »It was a great opportunity for me to present my work at the Faculty of Pharmacy Research Day, since not many researchers deal with economic evaluation of the health care system. This topic certainly attracted a lot of attention as was evident from the number of questions put forward by the audience and the lively discussion that followed the presentation. Health system economics is highly developed around the world but in Slovenia the number of competent interlocutors in this area is relatively small. This prize will, I hope, at least to a small extent, contribute to raising the interest of the professional public in this matter,« added Klemen Naveršnik.

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