Kirsten Myhr

Kirsten Myhr (MScPharm, MPH) from Norway is a pharmacist with a specialist degree in hospital pharmacy and a Master in Public Health. For almost 20 years, she has worked in university hospitals in Norway as head of the pharmacy department, with pharmacovigilance at the regulatory authority in Norway, and with medicine use, including antibiotic use, in the Norwegian Board of Health. From 2001 to 2015, Kirsten headed a regional medicines information and pharmacovigilance centre in Oslo. She has also been part-time pharmaceutical adviser for Norad (Norwegian Development Agency), including the Unitaid project.

Myhr has considerable international experience. From 1985 to 1988, she was the Principal Pharmacist of the Central Medical Stores in Botswana. Since then she has worked at UNICEF HQ in New York, for WHO in Albania, taught good-pharmacy-practice in Mongolia, and consulted in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. From 2010 to 2011, Kirsten vice-chaired the Affordable Medicines Facility malaria (AMFm) Ad Hoc Committee under the Global Fund. Myhr has also moderated the E-Drug forum since its start in 1995.

Myhr is now retired, but remains the alternate representative for healthcare professionals in the European Medicine Agency’s committee for pharmacovigilance and risk management (PRAC) until 2019. Myhr has previously served as a HAI Europe Board member, and has participated in most of the organisation’s annual meetings. Since 2000, she has been engaged in the WHO/HAI project on developing a methodology for measuring medicine prices. Effective 2016, Myhr is once again a board member of HAI Europe.