Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

December 03, 2019
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

2019 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

The Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum is the industry’s most popular drug benefits conference. Benefits Canada welcomes you to the 2019 edition, which will feature informative sessions around rare disease; the pharmaceutical industry’s point of view; legal obligations in drug plan management; and a deeper dive into insurer drug programs.

How much does it cost?
Plan sponsor/employer price: $129 plus tax.
Industry provider price: $249 plus tax.

This event will be a full-morning program.

Should I attend?
If you’re an employer responsible for your organization’s drug plan, benefits, wellness, human resources and/or corporate health – or an industry provider such as a broker, benefits consultant, advisor, group insurer and/or another stakeholder such as pharma – then this forum is where you want to be.  

Continuing education (CE) credits will be offered at this event.



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Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

December 3, 2019
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto


As the potential risk of drug plan costs continue to rise, plan designs have become more complex and require increasing expertise to understand the opportunities, obligations, programs and processes involved in managing drug plans.


Planned panel themes; complete agenda to follow.

If it’s rare, why should I care?
Orphan drugs, or drugs for rare diseases, offer lifesaving hope, but sometimes at an extraordinary cost. Managing the potential risk for these conditions and treatments can be daunting for plan sponsors. This session will help define rare disease and explain the challenges associated with developing drugs for these conditions. It will also examine risk management and pooling mechanisms that can support plan sponsors and allow them to offer their plan members insurance protection when they need it most.


POV pharma
This session will shed light on how pharmaceutical companies work with insurers; it will demystify the role of the pharmaceutical company market access professional and offer insights on how they work with insurers and the broader private payer industry. Delegates will gain a better understanding of how drugs arrive on the market and become listed on their drug plans, as well as information on the programs and services that pharmaceutical companies can offer.


Parsing the programs
Over the last few years, the private drug plan management landscape has evolved. Insurers and pharmacy benefit managers have implemented a wide variety of programs and tools to manage plan sponsors’ drug plan costs. Although they may seem similar, they each have unique features. What do plan sponsors need to know? What questions should plan advisors be asking on behalf of their clients? How does an advisor or employer evaluate insurer programs, case management, preferred pharmacy networks, biosimilar programs and more? 


More details coming soon.

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Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

December 3, 2019


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Event Location

The Face to Face Drug Management Forum will take place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, set in the heart of downtown.

Visit the Fairmont Royal York website for more information


100 Front St W, Toronto
ON M5J 1E3
(416) 368-2511



With further inquiries about event logistics, please contact Cassandra Williamson-Hopp, Conference Editor.