The number of drugs entering the US pharmaceutical market is at a low point. At the same time, demand for innovative therapeutic alternatives has been rising in numerous fields, including antibiotics for multidrug resistant organisms and drugs for tropical diseases prevalent in low-income settings. The growing gap between the need for new pharmaceuticals and their development and approval for use in clinical care has drawn the attention of policymakers from diverse sources, including academia, industry, and government. (Source:NEJM 2010, Vol. 363, No. 19, pp. 1855-1862)
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States such as Pennsylvania and South Carolina are funding this “academic detailing” as a tool to reduce those governments’ prescription drug-related health care expenses. (Source: Forbes, 4/25/11)
A joint effort by GE and Thomson Reuters will allow researchers to view both health care claims and clinical data to see how treatments will affect various patient populations. (Source: eWeek.com)
Presentation at ISPOR Europe, Nov. 2011, by James S. Anderson, MA, MBA, European Partnerships Director, Government Affairs, Public Policy and Patient Advocacy, GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford, UK
Healthcare announced it will expand its collaboration with The Health Management Academy over the next 5 years to implement best practices to lower healthcare costs and improve outcomes. (Source: WSJ Digital Network)
There are more than 300 members now from industry, government and academia. It's a growing platform to share your news, exchange our ideas and request information
Emphasis on understanding the comparative effectiveness of health care interventions has increased attention on the applicability of research. As a result, systematic reviews aiming to inform clinical practice have expanded beyond randomized controlled trials, which have limited generalizability, to include nonrandomized studies
NPC asked the panelists for their insights on the challenges of developing and using evidence
Interview covering trends and major challenges in HEOR.
Remember, know WHAT you are measuring and WHY you are measuring it. (Source: InPharm, July 20, 2011)
Critical appraisal, assignment of a grade for methodological quality of individual studies, and subsequent grading a body of evidence addressing a specific question are essential activities of conducting comparative effectiveness reviews.
The statement's provocative recommendations include the imposition of requirements that (a) the off-label drug should be "irreplaceable for treatment of the patient," that is, no drug labeled for the indication is available; (b) the off-label use must be "submitted and approved by the hospital's pharmacotherapy committee and hospital ethics committee" except in emergency situations; and (c) informed consent for off-label use must be obtained from the patient or a legal representative.
(Source: JMCP October 2010 Volume 16 Issue 8, Authors: Kathleen A. Fairman, MA, and Frederic R. Curtiss, PhD, RPh, CEBS)
Health economics is a sub-discipline of economics and studies the allocation of scarce resources among alternative healthcare programs or strategies for the promotion, maintenance and improvement of health. Health economics studies how healthcare and health-related services, their costs and benefits, and health itself are distributed among individuals and groups in society. Health economics is concerned with the formal analysis of direct and indirect costs and benefits that are a consequence of a health care intervention, program or strategy. The science of health economics has significantly progressed in recent years. Although a lot of disagreement among health economists existed in the early nineties, over the recent years more consensus on methodology has been reached. This development resulted in a standardised approach, allowing valid comparisons of studies in different fields of health care and across countries. The main study types used in economic evaluation are cost-effectiveness (CEA) and cost-utility analysis (CUA) in which the incremental net costs of a programme are related to the health benefits.
Variations in health care in the NHS are a persistent and ubiquitous problem. But which variations are acceptable or warranted
A popular pharma BLOG that is read by a lot of people again and again published content from such studies on Avandia and even went as far as to interview a former FDA official causing a lot of damage to the brand at a time when a scientific approach was needed.
Patients with adult onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were identified in the National Patient Register and the Swedish Rheumatology Quality Register, including the ARTIS cohort of patients exposed to biological agents
Managing drug safety and developing drug safety systems is an ongoing, critically important challenge for all involved in manufacturing drugs, regulating drug use, pre- scribing drugs, dispensing drugs, and consuming drugs. Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) are the newest tool of the FDA to help manage and ensure safe drug use.(Source:Philip E. Johnson, MS, RPh; George Dahlman; Kirby Eng, RPh;et.al)
The report recommends focusing more on learning outcomes, incorporating more clinical experiences early in medical education, and offering more opportunities for medical students to train in teams with nursing and other health-care students. The report also calls for a more individualized approach to medical education and training.
Overview of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) and Risk Management Plans (RMPs) in US and Europe.
Pharmaceutical companies spent $57.5 billion on pharmaceutical promotion in the United States in 2004. The industry claims that promotion provides scientific and educational information to physicians. While some evidence indicates that promotion may adversely influence prescribing, physicians hold a wide range of views about pharmaceutical promotion.
The report addresses use of HTA in establishing health care policy in Asia.
Primer (and sales tool) covering the use of HEOR
Manufacturers invest heavily into the development of products that deliver more effective treatment and many invest in the development and communication of a payer value proposition during the launch phase. (Source: Webinar, Xcenda, March 25, 2010)
SERMO introduces a new social media offering that brings physicians together from across the country to exchange business advice, earn CME credits on practice management topics, and provide quality patient care in a system that desperately needs reform. (Source: Reuters)