Joshua P Cohen, PhD

Member of International Editorial Advisory Board, GaBI Journal

Certified in Bioethics, Health Economics
Senior Research Fellow, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, Tufts University, Boston, USA

Dr Joshua Cohen received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1997. Between 1995 and 1997 he worked on his dissertation research at Harvard University, USA, as a visiting research fellow.

He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, USA, where he simultaneously served as a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. His postdoctoral research examined the use of decision-analytic models in bioethics.

In 1999, Dr Cohen joined the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University, Boston, USA, as Senior Research Fellow. Here, he utilises his background in economics to examine public policy issues concerning drug prescription, reimbursement and market access. More specifically, his areas of interest and research include pharmacy benefits management as it relates to the Medicare prescription drug benefit, formulary regulations established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, comparative effectiveness research, comparison of formulary management, health technology assessment, and market access to biopharmaceuticals in Europe and the US, the role of clinical and cost-effectiveness in clinical practice guideline development, the composition of the WHO Essential Drug List, drug development targeting neglected diseases, and decisions by drug regulatory agencies regarding prescription (Rx) to over the counter (OTC) switches.

Before he embarked on an academic career, Dr Cohen was a management consultant for three years with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Dr Cohen publishes in both medical and economics journals, including Pharmacoeconomics, British Medical Journal, Nature Biotechnology, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, American Journal of Therapeutics, Applied Health Economics and Policy, PLoS ONE, European Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Health, Politics, and Law.

Dr Cohen presents his work at a wide variety of international trade and academic conferences, including meetings sponsored by Drug Information Association, European Medical Decision-Making Society, WHO, International Society for Pharmacoeconomic Outcomes Research, Central Business Intelligence, NextLevel Pharma, Institute for International Research, and National Health Policy Forum.

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