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The organizers would like to draw the reader’s attention to an error in the Posters abstracts section published in the EACPT 2011 abstract supplement. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, 109: 56–164. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-7843.2011.00722.x

The correct abstract for Poster 209 is as follows:

P209

TEACHING PHARMACOECONOMICS IN SLOVAKIA: STATE-ACCREDITED POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Holomáň J.1, Glasa J.1,2, Bielik J.3,4, Čikelová E.1, Glasová H.1,2, SlobodováĽ.1, Lukáč, M.1

1Institute of Pharmacology, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, Slovak Medical University; 2Institute of Medical Ethics and Bioethics n. f.; Bratislava; 3Slovak Society of Pharmacoeconomics, Bratislava; 4Faculty of Health, Trenčín University, Trenčín; Slovak Republic

The growing challenges of developing and implementation of effective and sustainable state medicinal drugs policies to form, ideally, an integral part of the state health care policies in Slovakia, have made the need of a more adequate education and training in health economics in general, and in pharmacoeconomics in particular rather strongly perceived by professionals at various levels of the state health regulation, within the health insurance companies, by responsible professionals working in the pharmaceutical sector, and also by the newer management teams of health care facilities, both private and the state-run. Responding to those unmet practical needs, as well as to the growing demand for professional instruction in pharmacoeconomics, a state-accredited certification program in pharmacoeconomics education and training has been developed and successfully hosted by the Institute of Pharmacology, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology of the Slovak Medical University in Bratislava (the state accreditation awarded by the Slovak Ministry of Health in 2004) in collaboration with the Slovak Society of Pharmacoeconomics (member society of the Slovak Medical Association). The well integrated program education and training activities should meet defined theoretical standards and practical skills requirements. A program participant must take part in concrete pharmacoeconomical analyses and/or research studies to obtain the necessary practical skills and experience. After successful passing through the state board examination, the successful participants are awarded the State Certificate in ‘Certified Working Method – Pharmacoeconomics’. Since about the last 3 years, the certification program has been enriched by an enhanced collaboration with professionals working in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as the representatives of state regulatory authorities and health insurance companies, thus providing for interesting, multidisciplinary settings.

The organizers apologize for this error and any confusion they may have caused.