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Market-Driven, Value-Based Advanced Commitment (MVAC) is a new mechanism to help re-direct private-sector R&D investments where they’re needed most. We propose to use MVAC to encourage investments in tuberculosis (TB), which affects 10 million people worldwide. In this blog post, we reflect on the first round of feedback on our consultation draft on MVAC.

A new OHE Research Paper reviews a recent report on cancer pricing published by the World Health Organization. The authors argue that the report fails to promote mechanisms that are key to efficient pricing and use of cancer medicines. The Research Paper outlines some for addressing these shortcomings.

Transparency as a principle of good governance is not the same as transparency for improving access by lowering prices. In fact, the former often carries an opportunity cost on the latter. Developing country markets are, however, dominated by generic products and encouraging competition through sharing prices makes sense if capacities are there to use the data to inform procurement decisions and protect against collusion.

Report does not recommend price transparency for on-patent medicines, but buyers should share multi-source product price data among themselves. Transparency of the procurement process encourages bidders. In many cases, referencing processes and institutions may be a safer bet than trying to copy each other’s prices.

Innovation is a critical tool in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease that primarily affects the poor and vulnerable and ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the world. The Center for Global Development and the Office of Health Economics are proposing a new innovation model to bring better TB drugs to market. We call it the “Market-Driven, Value-Based Advance Commitment,” or MVAC for short.

The Center for Global Development and the Office of Health Economics are working on a new approach to drive the next generation of investment for better tuberculosis treatment. Our market-focused approach puts Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (the BRICS) governments in the driver’s seat—empowering them to send a powerful signal to private-sector pharmaceutical companies about the innovation they value and at the kind of price they are willing to consider.

OHE Consulting produces a report critiquing a paper by Hill et al. (2018) on estimated costs of production for the WHO Essential Medicines List.

Just published in BMJ Open: The effect of religion on the perception of health states among adults in the United Arab Emirates

The fourth annual meeting of the HTAi Asia Policy Forum was held in November 2016. OHE produced Background Briefing Papers for each of these four meetings covering a variety of topics relevant to the development of HTA in Asia, all of which are now available. This post contains a summary of each report.

OHE has published a new report discussing a framework to help middle-income countries efficiently identify medicines for formulary inclusion. A second publication applies this framework to the Mexican decision making system as a case study.

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