Anita Wagner
Anita Katharina Wagner, PharmD, MPH, DrPH
Fellow in Bioethics

Anita Katharina Wagner is Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research at the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She also serves as the Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Program

Dr. Wagner conducts empirical research generating evidence for answering challenging health system questions.  Her work, frequently in large databases, evaluates impacts of insurance and other policy changes on the availability, access to, affordability, and use of medicines, specifically new cancer medicines, in the United States, China, and elsewhere.    

Through the Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative she founded, Dr. Wagner has led training programs, including the first online course, to strengthen capacity of professionals in more than 20 low and middle income country health systems to design, implement, monitor and evaluate medicines policies and programs in the context of expanding health insurance coverage.

Dr. Wagner co-directs the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Health Policy and Insurance Research and the Department of Population Medicine Center for Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation (CarPE)

Serving as a pharmacoepidemiologist on the FDA’s Sentinel Initiative, Dr. Wagner contributes to a national system that tracks the safety of pharmaceuticals in the United States. 

Dr. Wagner holds a German master-equivalent degree in pharmacy, a doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, a Master of Public Health degree in international health and a Doctor of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed training programs in bioethics including the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Bioethics.

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Out-of-Pocket Cancer Care Costs and Value Frameworks: A Case Study in a Community Oncology Practice with a Financial Navigator Program.
Authors: Authors: Leopold C, Araujo-Lane C, Rosenberg C, Gilkey M, Wagner AK.
Pharmacoecon Open
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Evaluation of Switching Patterns in FDA's Sentinel System: A New Tool to Assess Generic Drugs.
Authors: Authors: Gagne JJ, Popovic JR, Nguyen M, Sandhu SK, Greene P, Izem R, Jiang W, Wang Z, Zhao Y, Petrone AB, Wagner AK, Dutcher SK.
Drug Saf
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Quality Reporting by Payers: A Mixed-Methods Study of Provider Perspectives and Practices.
Authors: Authors: Garabedian LF, Sinaiko AD, Ross-Degnan D, Abu-Jaber T, Hoefer M, Oddleifson S, Wagner AK.
Qual Manag Health Care
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Total and out-of-pocket expenditures among women with metastatic breast cancer in low-deductible versus high-deductible health plans.
Authors: Authors: Leopold C, Wagner AK, Zhang F, Lu CY, Earle CC, Nekhlyudov L, Ross-Degnan D, Wharam JF.
Breast Cancer Res Treat
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Impact of high-deductible insurance on adjuvant hormonal therapy use in breast cancer.
Authors: Authors: Lu CY, Zhang F, Wagner AK, Nekhlyudov L, Earle CC, Callahan M, LeCates R, Xu X, Ross-Degnan D, Wharam JF.
Breast Cancer Res Treat
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Defining Value of Cancer Therapeutics-A Health System Perspective.
Authors: Authors: Leopold C, Peppercorn JM, Zafar SY, Wagner AK.
J Natl Cancer Inst
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State Medicaid Reimbursement for Medications for Chronic Hepatitis C Infection from 2012 through 2015.
Authors: Authors: Lu CY, Zhang F, Golonski N, Lupton C, Jeffrey P, Wagner AK.
Value Health
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Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment After High-Deductible Insurance Enrollment.
Authors: Authors: Wharam JF, Zhang F, Lu CY, Wagner AK, Nekhlyudov L, Earle CC, Soumerai SB, Ross-Degnan D.
J Clin Oncol
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Drivers of expenditure on primary care prescription drugs in 10 high-income countries with universal health coverage.
Authors: Authors: Morgan SG, Leopold C, Wagner AK.
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A rapidly changing global medicines environment: How adaptable are funding decision-making systems?
Authors: Authors: Leopold C, Morgan SG, Wagner AK.
Health Policy
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