Category Archives: Europe

European Physicians Have "Insufficient Knowledge of Biosimilars"

European physicians have insufficient knowledge of biosimilars, according to a survey carried out by the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM). Only 22% of physicians consider themselves “very familiar” with this  category of medicines, and while a majority (54%) have a “basic understanding” of biosimilars, 24% of participants could not define or have not heard about […]
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Europe Approves First Medicine for Castleman's Disease

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended marketing authorization for Sylvant (siltuximab) for adult patients with multicentric Castleman’s disease.
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UK Drug Pricing: An ICER of Zero?

by Leela Barham The incremental cost effectiveness ratio (ICER) – or the threshold for determining whether the costs of a new medicine are worth it – has been controversial since it’s inception. There are those who deny that anyone can put a price-tag on life; those that accept the concept but are happy to let […]
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Innovation Drops Down NICE’s Value Agenda

Innovation as a consideration of value-based pricing decisions will be conspicuous by its absence in future NICE decisions. Omar Ali, a UK formulary development pharmacist and consultant to NICE, speaking at eyeforpharma’s Barcelona 2014 conference on Wednesday, explained that the UK price watchdog will prioritize considerations of wider societal benefit and unmet need as it […]
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Drug Discovery CRO Sector to Thrive in Europe

The European pharmaceutical industry is changing its approach to R&D and is increasingly relying on outsourcing for drug discovery, writes Faiz Kermani. The European pharmaceutical industry accounts for nearly 40% of the global industry’s R&D investment. Although  companies are responding to current pressures by closing R&D sites, they still need to support their ongoing drug-development projects […]
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