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Pharmaceutical Partners for Better Healthcare gets new chairman -- Edward Roberts, E. Merck, Germany elected.

BASEL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 30, 1995--Edward Roberts, Member of the Board, E. Merck, Germany, has been elected as the next chairman of Pharmaceutical Partners for Better Healthcare (PPBH), a group of the world's largest 39 research-based pharmaceutical companies, it was announced today. He replaces the former PPBH Chairman, Henry Wendt, who has just completed the 2-year term. Wendt is the retired chairman of SmithKline Beecham and one of the original founders of PPBH.

"It's an exciting opportunity to take on the leadership of this group," noted Edward Roberts Edward Moxon Roberts, ONL, QC (born September 1, 1940) is a Canadian politician and Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The son of Dr. Harry and Katharine Roberts, he was educated at Holloway School and Prince of Wales College in St. John's, and at St.
, "At a time when health care issues are so complex, so vital, and so global, I am firmly committed to continuing the PPBH activities that foster true international partnerships and to communicate our unique, global perspective. A perspective, I might add, that is often missing in national healthcare debates."

Established in 1993, PPBH has already sponsored a comprehensive, international study of health care financing and delivery for 12 different countries in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Europe and Asia, that has provoked pro·voke  
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 intensive discussion about the future of health care. Additional multi-country studies are underway on the impact of cost-sharing policies in different healthcare systems and the status of insurance risk adjustment mechanisms. Results for both studies will be available later this year.

PPBH has also co-sponsored various international discussion forums on key healthcare issues. In September 1994, the group co-sponsored a workshop on European health care reforms with the London School of Economics The School is a member of the Russell Group, the European University Association, Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies, The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs as well as the Golden  and EU institutions. A publication of the proceedings is expected next month. Last November, PPBH held an international roundtable on patient health learning with 23 leaders in the field in conjunction with the US National Pharmaceutical Council. On May 19-20, 1995, PPBH also held an international conference that attracted over 70 groups representing 35-40 million patients from the US and Europe on the topic of keeping patients -- not costs -- center-stage in the world's health care systems.

PPBH's goal is to improve the quality of health care debates around the world and encourage active participation of all parties involved in health care. Its activities supplement those of existing industry trade groups. In 1993, collective sales for PPBH group exceeded US$120 billion annually with collective R&D budgets of over US$20 billion; current figures not available. Member companies are: Belgium (Solvay), Denmark (Novo Nordisk Wikipedia is not the place for advertisement or self-advertising. Novo Nordisk (, NYSE: NVO) manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products and services. Founded in Denmark in 1923, the company has since become a world leader in diabetes care with the broadest ), France (Rhone-Poulenc, Roussel Uclaf Roussel Uclaf is a French company, headquartered in Romainville. It is involved in healthcare, agro-chemical, animal health and related fields, although in 1994, many of its non-core activities were transferred to Hoechst Schering AgrEvo GmBH in Germany. , Sanofi), Germany (Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Boehringer Mannheim, Hoechst, Knoll, E. Merck, Schering), Italy (Menarini, Sigma-Tau), Japan (Chugai, Eisai, Takeda), Netherlands (Akzo Nobel/N.V. Organon or·ga·non or or·ga·num
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Roberts is a Member of the Board of E. Merck, Germany, and responsible for the company's pharmaceutical sector. E. Merck is an international company with worldwide consolidated sales of about DM 6 billion with operations in pharmaceuticals, special and fine chemicals and the laboratory sector. E. Merck, with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, employs more than 26,000 people worldwide.

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