Pricing and Reimbursement

Just out in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care is an important new study that reviews appraisals of breast cancer and colorectal cancer medicines by HTA agencies in a selection of industrialised countries: Australia, Canada, France, Scotland, and the United Kingdom (England and Wales). The aims of the study are to identify the key determinants of decisions and understand the similarities and differences in the requirements of the five agencies.

New requirements for health technology assessment in Europe have important implications for markets and for access to new medicines. At a recent conference, OHE’s Jorge Mestre-Ferrandiz summarised changes implemented or being discussed in pricing and reimbursement/HTA systems in France, Germany and the UK.

OHE has just published a Seminar Briefing by Ulf Persson, head of the Swedish Institute of Health Economics, which reviews experience with the Swedish value based pricing (VBP) system. Prof Persson is a member of the board of the TLV, which is the health technology assessment (HTA) agency in Sweden.

In July, OHE released projections for medicines spending in the UK NHS for 2012‒2015. We have now completed further projections, also for the ABPI, for each of the four UK nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

Since 1996, in its yearly PPRS Report to Parliament, the Department of Health in England has published international price comparisons of branded medicines used in the primary care setting. The most recent PPRS Report contains comparisons for 2010. In a report just out, OHE Consulting updates these comparisons for the UK through 2011, using the same methodology as the Department of Health uses in its PPRS reports.

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, OHE held a conference this week, The Challenges and Economics of Drug Development in 2022, which explored the likely evolution of the key aspects of drug development over the next ten years. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from the public and private sectors; speakers and panellists included leaders from drug regulatory agencies, health technology assessment (HTA) groups, payers, the pharmaceutical industry, private foundations, and academia.

The Economics of Drug Development in 2022 On 8 October, 2012, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, OHE will be holding an important conference to consider what drug development may look like ten years hence, in 2022. The conference will be held in London on Monday, 8 October 2012.

OHE’s Adrian Towse is co-author on the recent report by the ISPOR Good Research Practices Task Force on assessing comparative effectiveness using prospective observational studies.

Just out is an OHE Research Paper that examines the issues. The authors note that diagnostics not only facilitate health gain and cost savings, but also provide information to inform patients’ decisions on interventions and to clarify how their behaviour may affect their health in future.

Every year, OHE sponsors a lecture by an eminent economist or clinician that addresses an important current issue.

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