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Filippo Drago

Professor of Pharmacology Biotechnological Sciences

Prof. Filippo Drago graduated summa cum laude in Medicine from Catania University Medical School, Italy in 1978. He was certified in Psychiatry in 1982 from the University of Catania and in the same year he achieved his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Utrecht.

In addition, he was certified in Neurology in 1986 and Mental Hygiene in 1990. At present, Prof. Drago is Full Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Catania Medical School, Chairman of the Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Teaching Hospital, University of Catania, and of the Master Course of Drug Regulatory Disciplines at the same University.

He was President of the CRO Unifarm Research Centre for Clinical Pharmacology until 2012. Since 2001, he was member of the Committee for Drug Evaluation, Ministry of Health, Italy and since 2004 through 2012 of the Italian Agency of Drugs (AIFA, Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco) as member of the Scientific Committee of the Agency.

Since 2012 through 2015 he was member of the Committee for Price and Reimbursement, AIFA. For about twenty years, until the end of 2015, he was member of the Regional Drug Formulary Committee in Sicily. Since 2012 through 2014 he was President of the European Federation of the Pharmacological Societies (EPHAR).

In February 2019 he was nominated World President of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and in May 2019 President of the Biomedical District for the High Technology. Since October 2019 he is Chairman of the Centre for Research and Consultancy in Regulatory Affairs and HTA (CERD), University of Catania. In the role of member of the AIFA committees, as private consultant and Chairman of the CERD he has assessed the cost/effectiveness profile of a great number of drugs. He is author of about 500 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.