In light of concerns that not all medicines for ultra-rare (also known as ultra-orphan) conditions are appraised under the same NICE process, a new OHE Consulting Report discusses the distinct ethical and economic challenges faced by medicines for ultra-rare conditions, with particular reference to the challenges of HTA in the UK. A failure to consistently consider all ultra-rare disease medicines under the HST process could lead to inequalities in access and health outcomes for patients with ultra-rare conditions.

Adrian Towse presented at the Monash Malaysia Health Economics Forum 2019 on three related topics: health system financing in Malaysia; pharmaceutical price regulation and competition in Malaysia; and the potential for using real world evidence to improve the efficiency of the Malaysian health system.

Meet some of the OHE team at the Health Economists’ Study Group (HESG) Winter 2020 meeting in Newcastle, 6-8 January 2020.

In 1994 Ben van Hout introduced the concept of the cost effectiveness acceptability curve (CEAC). In the 25 years since, the CEAC has become a standard part of health economic evaluations and incorporated into health technology assessment guidelines. Professors Nancy Devlin and Andrew Briggs spoke at a reception at ISPOR Europe this year to celebrate these contributions. As 2019 comes to a close, OHE reflects on 25 years of the CEAC.