Richard Laing, MBChB, MSc (CHDC) MD
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MD, University of Zimbabwe
MBChB, University of Zimbabwe
MSc, University of London

Originally trained as a medical doctor, worked in the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe for 18 years at all levels, during which time undertook postgraduate Masters and Doctoral studies in England on Community Health for Developing countries and on Comparative Health Systems & Policy Analysis.

Worked for six years as a Boston based consultant establishing the International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) consulting, teaching and writing.
Moved to Boston University School of Public Health teaching, researching and consulting mostly on Pharmaceutical Policy Issues.

Worked at WHO (2003-2013), Geneva on Pharmaceutical Policy Issues focusing on Pharmaceutical Innovation, Access and Pricing and integration of National Medicine Policies into National Health Policies.

Since 2014 working at Boston University School of Public Health as a Professor of Global Health teaching primarily on the Pharmaceuticals track and as an Extraordinary Professor at University of Western Cape School of Public Health working on developing materials, short course and distance learning courses related to pharmaceutical management.

Undertaking research on Access to Insulin and evaluation of industry initiated activities related to access to medicines for Non Communicable Diseases.

2009 Utrecht University: Honorary degree Doctoris Honoris Causae
1985-1986 Beit Trust: Beit Fellowship
1984-1985 Commonwealth Secretariat: Commonwealth Fellowship

04/01/2017 - 03/31/2020 (PI)
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 4
11/01/2017 - 10/31/2019 (PI)
Sandoz International GmbH

Evaluation of Novartis Access in Kenya - Scope of Work 5
01/01/2019 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
Sandoz International GmbH

Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 3
10/01/2016 - 04/30/2018 (PI)
Sandoz International GmbH

Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 2
04/29/2016 - 02/28/2018 (PI)
Sandoz International GmbH

08/01/2016 - 12/30/2017 (PI)
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 1
12/01/2015 - 04/30/2017 (PI)
Sandoz International GmbH

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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  1. Ewen M, Joosse HJ, Beran D, Laing R. Insulin prices, availability and affordability in 13 low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(3):e001410. PMID: 31263585.
  2. Beran D, Laing RO, Kaplan W, Knox R, Sharma A, Wirtz VJ, Frye J, Ewen M. A perspective on global access to insulin: a descriptive study of the market, trade flows and prices. Diabet Med. 2019 Jun; 36(6):726-733.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30888075.
  3. Mpanza NM, Bradley H, Laing R. Reasons why insured consumers co-pay for medicines at retail pharmacies in Pretoria, South Africa. Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2019 Mar 27; 11(1):e1-e6. PMID: 31038333.
  4. Rockers PC, Laing RO, Ashigbie PG, Onyango MA, Mukiira CK, Wirtz VJ. Effect of Novartis Access on availability and price of non-communicable disease medicines in Kenya: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Apr; 7(4):e492-e502.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30799142.
  5. Syed N, Rockers PC, Vian T, Onyango M, Laing RO, Wirtz VJ. Access to Antihypertensive Medicines at the Household Level: A Study From 8 Counties of Kenya. Glob Heart. 2018 12; 13(4):247-253.e5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30245176.
  6. Onyango MA, Vian T, Hirsch I, Salvi DD, Laing R, Rockers PC, Ashigbie PG, Wirtz VJ. Perceptions of Kenyan adults on access to medicines for non-communicable diseases: A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2018; 13(8):e0201917.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30142218.
  7. Mehrtash H, Laing R, Wirtz VJ. Comparative analysis of essential medicines for cardiovascular diseases in countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. East Mediterr Health J. 2018 Jul 17; 24(5):427-434.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30043961.
  8. Rockers PC, Laing RO, Wirtz VJ. Equity in access to non-communicable disease medicines: a cross-sectional study in Kenya. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(3):e000828.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29989082.
  9. Wirtz VJ, Turpin K, Laing RO, Mukiira CK, Rockers PC. Access to medicines for asthma, diabetes and hypertension in eight counties of Kenya. Trop Med Int Health. 2018 08; 23(8):879-885.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29808960; DOI: 10.1111/tmi.13081;.
  10. Hailu S, Rockers PC, Vian T, Onyango M, Laing R,Wirtz VJ. Access to diabetes medicines at the household level in eight counties of Kenya. J Diabetol. 2018; (9):45-55.
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