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QALY measures have become important tools in valuing health interventions so that resource allocations can be made. Current methods, however, may not adequately capture QALYs for cancer patients, particularly in the last years of life. This post reviews the issues and suggests next steps.

Each year, OHE sponsors an Annual Lecture that examines an important issue in health care. In late June, Dr Alan Garber spoke on US health care reform. This is the second of two posts that summarises his remarks. It reviews some of the key provision of the law, summarises the factors that will affect its impact, and considers whether US health care will improve as a result.

Each year, OHE sponsors an Annual Lecture that examines an important issue in health care. In late June, Dr Alan Garber spoke on US health care reform. This is the first of two posts that summarises his remarks. It reviews the background for and the intent of the new legislation signed into law in March 2010.

The law signed in March 2010 eliminated some of the uncertainty about the future of biosimilars in the US. Still unclear is the impact biosimilars actually will have on costs and when any savings might appear.

Biosimilar products in the European Union (EU) must go through a centralised procedure that licenses the product for use in EU Member States. Until experience grows in both approval and use of biosimilars, regulation inevitably will be somewhat case-by-case and concerns about safety will be prominent.

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