Global Lessons Learned in the Drug Shortages Crisis

In this free class, Dr. Kaakeh provides 15 additional lessons learned when addressing drug shortages globally.
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Dr. Rola Kaakeh is a fellowship-trained, licensed pharmacist with over fourteen years of experience in various settings (pharmacy practice, managed care, health systems, administration, public health and higher education). She teaches at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is also affiliate faculty at the Northwestern University Institute for Global Health and Institute for Public Health and Medicine. She advises organizations globally on health system development, and has engaged with various institutions within the public and private sectors, non-governmental agencies such as the United Nations, universities, startups, and professional associations. 

Her work highlighting the burden of drug shortages in the US has been cited over 200 times and used as supporting data for national policies and regulations. She has been very involved in education and training regarding the management of drug shortages, understanding the various dynamics involved, and helping evaluate and design processes (from institution to policy level) to improve access to medications. She comes to you with over a decade of experience in this space.

Dr. Kaakeh has served as a faculty member in multiple public and private universities and has taught several courses. She has presented on numerous global, impactful stages to address the most pressing issues of our time – including her recent TEDx on “The Struggle to Access to Medications.” She is the author of the new book “The Art of Pharmacoeconomics: A Guide to Getting Started.”

Dr. Kaakeh started university at the age of 10 as a gifted child, holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy with a minor in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Health Services Research from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, and the School of Medicine. In addition, she holds several healthcare licenses and certifications. She has received a number of awards and is actively engaged with the community and the profession on a local, national and international level in several capacities to numerous professional and nonprofit organizations.