Launched at a seminar in his honour May 2014, Portrait of a Health Economist: Essays by Colleagues and Friends of Bengt Jönsson is an impressive collection of essays commemorating Bengt’s lifetime contribution to health economics. He was one of the true pioneers in the field – his 1976 doctoral thesis was on cost-benefit analysis in public health and medical care. He has since published hundreds of papers, reports and book chapters worldwide.
Cancer Research UK has recently released a report completed for it by OHE and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex that focuses on the strength and nature of interdependence in the funding of cancer research. As earlier OHE research has demonstrated, sources of funding for medical research—public, charity and private sector—are complementary in effect, not duplicative.
Towse and Drummond take a critical look at deficiencies in policy and suggest revisions.
An editorial just published by OHE’s Adrian Towse and Michael Drummond of the University of York argues that current orphan drug policies are ‘not fit for purpose’ and discusses the issues that need to be clarified as the basis for policy revisions.
A new OHE Consulting Report examines the importance and history of HTA evaluations for additional uses for cancer drugs after their initial approval. The potential value of a new medicine is not likely to be fully known at the time of marketing approval. New uses can expand both the therapeutic and financial value of a particular medicine. In a new study, OHE Consulting seeks to describe and quantify such ‘value expansion’ for a cohort of cancer drugs.
Focusing on England, these two presentations describe the core economic considerations in making the most of targeted therapy.
OHE's Adrian Towse participated in a two-day workshop convened by the Biotherapy Development Association to discuss the process and problems that surround decisions about pricing and reimbursement for innovative oncology medicines in Europe.
Progress in personalised medicine is slower than some had expected, partly because of the science and partly because of insufficient economic incentives, particularly for investing in molecular diagnostics. In this open-access publication, OHE’s Adrian Towse and his co-authors examine nine case studies of diagnostics that have been successful in advancing personalised medicine.
Four types of economic incentives for drugs and diagnostics are essential to encouraging more rapid progress in personalised medicine.
Adrian Towse, OHE’s Director, and Lou Garrison, a professor at the University of Washington, summarise the critical economic issues in the development of evidence of value for drugs and diagnostics that are part of personalised medicine.
Progress on this important UK Medical Research Council project was discussed.
A major challenge in biomedical and health research is ensuring that research findings are effectively and efficiently translated from “bench to bedside.” The time this takes is crucial in determining the rate of return from research investments.