Michael Law

Mike

Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Canada Research Chair in Access to Medicines
Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

michael.law@ubc.ca
(604) 822-3514


Profile

Dr. Michael Law holds the Canada Research Chair in Access to Medicines, and is a professor in the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, School of Population and Public Health, at the University of British Columbia.

Michael’s research program focuses on pharmaceutical policy. His work focuses on access to and the use of prescription drugs, including the affordability of prescription drugs, private drug insurance, generic drug pricing, and the impact of pharmacist prescribing. His research program has attracted more than $2.5 million in research funding, including 4 operating grants from CIHR as principal investigator. Currently, his program of research includes studies in several countries, including Canada, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia, and Colombia.

He has been published in leading medical journals, including BMJ, Archives of Internal Medicine, and CMAJ. This work has been featured in news media such as New Scientist, Forbes, the Globe & Mail, and USA Today. He has also authored commentaries that have appeared in the Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun. His research has had a major impact on generic drug pricing in Canada, leading to policy changes that have saved governments the country more than $100 million every year.

Since his appointment at UBC he has received several notable awards, including a Canada Research Chair (2015), a Distinguished Achievement Award from the UBC Faculty of Medicine (2012), the Labelle Lectureship at McMaster University, the 2011 Paper of the Year Award from the Canadian Institute for Health Services and Policy Research, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award.

In 2015, he taught one of UBC’s first edX.org Professional Education courses on Interrupted Time Series Analysis.

Prior to joining UBC, he completed a PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where he trained in research methods and statistics. He has also completed an MSc from the London School of Economics, and worked as a research associate at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Education

PhD, Health Policy, Harvard University, 2008
MSc, Health Population and Society, London School of Economics, 2002
BA&Sc, Arts & Sciences Program, McMaster University, 2001

Research Interests

  • Pharmaceutical policy
  • Observational studies
  • Medication adherence and health outcomes
  • Routine data in lower-income countries

Current Projects

  • Cost-related nonadherence to prescription drugs: A multi-method study
  • Impact of physician detailing and sampling for generic atorvastatin

Affiliations and Awards

  • Career Investigator Scholar Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, 2012-2020
  • New Investigator Award, CIHR, 2010-2015

Current Graduate Students

  • Shania Au, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Candice Chiu, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Alison McClean, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Richard Musoke, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Marie Paul Nisingizwe, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Hinda Ruton, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health
  • Seraphine Zeitouny, MSc Student, School of Population and Public Health

Courses Currently Taught


Recent Publications

Innes GD, Teichman JMH, Scheuermeyer FX, McRae AD, Grafstein E, Andruchow J, Cheng L, Law MR. Does early intervention improve outcomes for patients with acute ureteral colic? CJEM. 2021 Sep;23(5):679-686. Read more

Hategeka C, Lynd LD, Kenyon C, Tuyisenge L, Law MR. Impact of a Multifaceted Intervention to Improve Emergency Care on Newborn and Child Health Outcomes in Rwanda. Health Policy Plan. 2021 Aug 30:czab109. Online ahead of print. Read more

Hedden L, Ahuja MA, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Cheng L, Barer ML. How long does it take patients to find a new primary care physician when theirs retires: a population-based, longitudinal study. Hum Resour Health. 2021 Jul 23;19(1):92. Read more

Fulcher IR, Boley EJ, Gopaluni A, Varney PF, Barnhart DA, Kulikowski N, Mugunga JC, Murray M, Law MR, Hedt-Gauthier B; Cross-site COVID-19 Syndromic Surveillance Working Group. Syndromic surveillance using monthly aggregate health systems information data: methods with application to COVID-19 in Liberia. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 May 31:dyab094. Read more

Persaud N, Bedard M, Boozary A, Glazier RH, Gomes T, Hwang SW, Juni P, Law MR, Mamdani M, Manns B, Martin D, Morgan SG, Oh P, Pinto AD, Shah BR, Sullivan F, Umali N, Thorpe KE, Tu K, Laupacis A; Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No Charge Medications (CLEAN Meds) study team. Adherence at 2 years with distribution of essential medicines at no charge: The CLEAN Meds randomized clinical trial. PLoS Med. 2021 May 21;18(5):e1003590. Read more

Chew C, Aguiar M, Bansback N, Law MR, Harrison M. Patient perspectives on the British Columbia Biosimilars Initiative: a qualitative descriptive study. Rheumatol Int. 2021 May 7:1-12. Read more

Ho H, Janjua NZ, McGrail KM, Harrison M; BC Hepatitis Testers Cohort Team, Law MR. The impact of public coverage of newer hepatitis C medications on utilization, adherence, and costs in British Columbia. PLoS One. 2021 Mar 1;16(3):e0247843. Read more

Contandriopoulos D, Law MR. Policy changes and physicians opting out from Medicare in Quebec: an interrupted time-series analysis. CMAJ. 2021 Feb 16;193(7):E237-E241. Read more

Holbrook AM, Wang M, Lee M, Chen Z, Garcia M, Nguyen L, Ford A, Manji S, Law MR. Cost-related medication nonadherence in Canada: a systematic review of prevalence, predictors, and clinical impact. Syst Rev. 2021 Jan 6;10(1):11. Read more

Hategeka C, Ruton H, Karamouzian M, Lynd LD, Law MR. Use of interrupted time series methods in the evaluation of health system quality improvement interventions: a methodological systematic review. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Oct;5(10):e003567. Read more

Hung YW, Hoxha K, Irwin BR, Law MR, Grépin KA. Using routine health information data for research in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Aug 25;20(1):790. Read more

Hategeka C, Ogilvie G, Nisingizwe MP, Rulisa S, Law MR. Effect of human papilloma virus vaccination on sexual behaviours among adolescent women in Rwanda: a regression discontinuity study. Health Policy Plan. 2020 Aug 24;czaa083. Online ahead of print. Read more

Daw JR, Law MR. Compared With Other Countries, Women In The US Are More Likely Than Men To Forgo Medicines Because Of Cost. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Aug;39(8):1334-1342. Read more

Hung YW, Law MR, Cheng L, Abramowitz S, Alcayna-Stevens L, Lurton G, Mayaka SM, Olekhnovitch R, Kyomba G, Ruton H, Ramazani SY, Grépin KA. Impact of a free care policy on the utilisation of health services during an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an interrupted time-series analysis. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Jul;5(7):e002119. Read more

Innes GD, Scheuermeyer FX, McRae AD, Law MR, Teichman JMH, Grafstein E, Andruchow JE. Which Patients Should Have Early Surgical Intervention for Acute Ureteric Colic. J Urol. 2020 Jul 27;101097JU0000000000001318. Online ahead of print. Read more

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