Ferrario, Alessandra

Ms Alessandra Ferrario  


Position held

Research Officer


Experience keywords:

access to medicines; diabetes; managed entry agreements/risk sharing agreements; pharmaceutical policy

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Alessandra Ferrario is a Research Officer in health policy at LSE Health. Her research focuses on access to medicines. One of her current research projects looks at improving budget impact and cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical products through the introduction of managed entry agreements (MEAs). She is also studying the burden and management of diabetes, both from a health and economic perspective, as part of a multi-country study in low- and middle-income countries. In previous projects she has investigated the determinants of price and utilisation differences for prescription medicines across OECD countries and issues around availability, affordability and quality of medicines in the Republic of Moldova. Prior to joining LSE Alessandra worked on issues related to good governance for medicines for the World Health Organization. She holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (LSE/LSHTM), MSc in Epidemiology (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel) and BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Basel).

Sectors and industries to which research relates:


Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; US; emerging countries


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Italian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7107 5405



Nashilongo, M.N and Singu, B and Kalemeera, F and Mubita, M and Naikaku, E and Baker, A and Ferrario, Alessandra and Godman, Brian and Achieng, L and Kibuule, D (2017) Assessing adherence to Antihypertensive therapy in primary health care in Namibia: findings and implications Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, 31 (5-6). 565-578. ISSN 0920-3206

Vogler, Sabine and Paris, Valérie and Ferrario, Alessandra and Wirtz, Veronika J. and Joncheere, Kees de and Schneider, Peter and Pedersen, Hanne Bak and Dedet, Guillaume and Babar, Zaheer-Ud-Din (2017) How can pricing and reimbursement policies improve affordable access to medicines? Lessons learned from European countries Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 15 (3). 307-321. ISSN 1175-5652

Mwita, Stanley and Jande, Mary and Marwa, Karol and Hamasaki, Kayo and Katabalo, Deogratius and Burger, Johanita and Godman, Brian and Ferrario, Alessandra and Massele, Amos and Ruganuza, Deodatus (2017) Medicines dispensers' knowledge on the implementation of an artemisinin-based combination therapy policy for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in Tanzania Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. ISSN 1759-8885

Ferrario, Alessandra (2017) Determinants of utilisation differences for cancer medicines in Belgium, Scotland and Sweden European Journal of Health Economics, 18 (9). 1095-1105. ISSN 1618-7598

Ferrario, Alessandra and Arāja, Diāna and Bochenek, Tomasz and Čatić, Tarik and Dankó, Dávid and Dimitrova, Maria and Fürst, Jurij and Greičiūtė-Kuprijanov, Ieva and Hoxha, Iris and Jakupi, Arianit and Laidmäe, Erki and Löblová, Olga and Mardare, Ileana and Markovic-Pekovic, Vanda and Meshkov, Dmitry and Novakovic, Tanja and Petrova, Guenka and Pomorski, Maciej and Tomek, Dominik and Voncina, Luka and Haycox, Alan and Kanavos, Panos and Vella Bonanno, Patricia and Godman, Brian (2017) The implementation of managed entry agreements in Central and Eastern Europe: findings and implications PharmacoEconomics, 35 (12). 1271-1285. ISSN 1170-7690


Ferrario, Alessandra and Reinap, Marge and Pedersen, Hanne Bak and Kanavos, Panos (2016) Availability of medicines in Estonia: an analysis of existing barriers and options to address them World Health Organization, Denmark.

Bezverhni, Zinaida and Safta, Vladimir and Chitan, Elena and Ferrario, Alessandra and Habicht, Jarno (2016) Improving access to essential medicines in the Republic of Moldova Eurohealth, 22 (2). 45-47. ISSN 1356-1030

Vogler, Sabine and Zimmermann, Nina and Ferrario, Alessandra and Wirtz, Veronika J. and de Joncheere, Kees and Bak Pedersen, Hanne and Dedet, Guillaume and Paris, Valérie and Mantel-Teeuwisse, Aukje K. and Babar, Zaheer-Ud-Din (2016) Pharmaceutical policies in a crisis? Challenges and solutions identified at the PPRI Conference Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 9 (9). ISSN 2052-3211

Ferrario, Alessandra and Kanavos, Panos and Humbert, Tifenn and Iwamoto, Kotoji and Bak Pedersen, Hanne (2016) Challenges and opportunities in improving access to medicines through efficient public procurement in WHO European Region World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark. ISBN 9789289052153

Ferrario, Alessandra and Chitan, Elena and Seicas, Rita and Sautenkova, Nina and Bezverhni, Zinaida and Kluge, Hans and Habicht, Jarno (2016) Progress in increasing affordability of medicines for non-communicable diseases since the introduction of mandatory health insurance in the Republic of Moldova Health Policy and Planning, 31 (6). 793-800. ISSN 0268-1080

Gyawali, Bishal and Ferrario, Alessandra and van Teijlingen, Edwin and Kallestrup, Per (2016) Challenges in diabetes mellitus type 2 management in Nepal: a literature review Global Health Action, 9 (1). ISSN 1654-9716


Vogler, Sabine and Zimmermann, Nina and Ferrario, Alessandra and Wirtz, Veronika J and Babar, Zaheer-Ud-Din (2015) Challenges and opportunities for pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 8 (Suppl). ISSN 2052-3211

Ferrario, Alessandra and Kanavos, Panos (2015) Dealing with uncertainty and high prices of new medicines: a comparative analysis of the use of managed entry agreements in Belgium, England, the Netherlands and Sweden Social Science and Medicine, 124. 39-47. ISSN 0277-9536


Ferrario, Alessandra and Baltezarević, Dragana and Novakovic, Tanja and Parker, Mark and Samardzic, Janko (2014) Evidence-based decision making in healthcare in Central Eastern Europe Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, 14 (5). 611-615. ISSN 1473-7167

Kwong, Danica and Ferrario, Alessandra and Adamski, Jajub and Inotai, Andras and Kalo, Zoltan (2014) Managing the introduction of new and high-cost drugs in challenging times: the experience of Hungary and Poland Eurohealth, 20 (2). 25-28. ISSN 1356-1030

Skarphedinsdottir, Maria and Smith, Barton and Ferrario, Alessandra and Zues, Olga and Ciobanu, Angela and Tirdea, Marcela and Domente, Silviu and Habicht, Jarno (2014) Better noncommunicable disease outcomes: challenges and opportunities for health systems: Republic of Moldova country assessment World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ferrario, Alessandra and Sautenkova, Nina and Bezverhni, Zinaida and Seicas, Rita and Habicht, Jarno and Kanavos, Panos and Safta, Vladimir (2014) An in-depth analysis of pharmaceutical regulation in the Republic of Moldova Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 7 (1). 4. ISSN 2052-3211

Lamri, Larbi and Gripiotis, Erofile and Ferrario, Alessandra (2014) Diabetes in Algeria and challenges for health policy: a literature review of prevalence, cost, management and outcomes of diabetes and its complications Globalization and Health, 10 (1). 11. ISSN 1744-8603


Ferrario, Alessandra and Kanavos, Panos (2013) Managed entry agreements for pharmaceuticals: the European experience EMiNet, Brussels, Belgium.

Ferrario, Alessandra and Kanavos, Panos (2013) The LSE Summit: risk sharing and managed entry agreements Health and Social Care at LSE (20 Nov 2013) Blog entry

Ferrario, Alessandra and Kanavos, Panos (2013) Progress in addressing the growing diabetes epidemic is lagging behind due to poor control of the disease Health and Social Care at LSE (19 Jun 2013) Blog entry

Malmström, Rickard E. and Godman, Brian B. and Diogene, Eduard and Baumgärtel, Christoph and Bennie, Marion and Bishop, Iain and Brzezinska, Anna and Bucsics, Anna and Campbell, Stephen and Ferrario, Alessandra and Finlayson, Alexander (2013) Dabigatran – a case history demonstrating the need for comprehensive approaches to optimize the use of new drugs Frontiers in Pharmacology, 4 (39). ISSN 1663-9812

Deerochanawong, Chaicharn and Ferrario, Alessandra (2013) Diabetes management in Thailand: a literature review of the burden, costs, and outcomes Globalization and Health, 9 (1). 11. ISSN 1744-8603

Kanavos, Panos and Ferrario, Alessandra and Vandoros, Sotiris and Anderson, Gerard F. (2013) Higher US branded drug prices and spending compared to other countries may stem partly from quick uptake of new drugs Health Affairs, 32 (4). 753-761. ISSN 0278-2715

Godman, Brian B. and Finlayson, Alexander E. and Cheema, Parneet K and Zebedin-Brandl, Eva and Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea, Iñaki and Jones, Janelle M. and Malmström, Rickard (2013) Personalizing health care: feasibility and future implications BMC Medicine, 11 (1). 179. ISSN 1741-7015

Soewondo, Pradana and Ferrario, Alessandra and Tahapary, Dicky Levenus (2013) Challenges in diabetes management in Indonesia: a literature review Globalization and Health, 9 (1). 63. ISSN 1744-8603

Bertoldi, Andréa D. and Kanavos, Panos and França, Giovanny V. A. and Carraro, André and Tejada, Cesar Augusto and Hallal, Pedro C. and Ferrario, Alessandra and Schmidt, Maria (2013) Epidemiology, management, complications and costs associated with type 2 diabetes in Brazil: a comprehensive literature review Globalization and Health, 9 (1). 62. ISSN 1744-8603


Ferrario, Alessandra and Coast, Ernestina (2012) Setting the agenda for global family planning: a pre-summit discussion at the LSE Health and Social Care at LSE (11 Jul 2012) Blog entry

Sautenkova, Nina and Ferrario, Alessandra and Bolokhovets, Ganna and Kanavos, Panos (2012) Availability and affordability of medicines and assessment of quality systems for prescription of medicines in the Republic of Moldova: final report Health policy paper series, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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