Category Archives: Regulatory

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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Casing Cancer: ASCO Launches New Series on State of the Disease

Despite its importance as a vital indicator of overall population health status, cancer suffers from an information deficit – particularly when considered from a global perspective. The American Society of Clinical Oncology [ASCO], the lead professional group in this space, is now working to rectify at least part of the gap with the launch of […]
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Social Media Raise Concerns for Marketers, Trial Sponsors

While biopharmaceutical companies are using websites and third-party postings to provide information on medical products — despite a host of regulatory issues — social media use is in its infancy related to the design and conduct of clinical trials. A recent report from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (http://csdd.tufts.edu) finds that […]
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Europe: EFPIA Campaign Calls for Integrated Life Sciences Strategy

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) has launched a social media campaign calling for an integrated life sciences  strategy for the EU. The #HealthyEU Health and Growth campaign will outline the opportunities and threats faced by patients and the healthcare sector today, and provide evidence and facts to inform healthcare debates in the run […]
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ACA Rollout Raises Ante for Patient Access and Assistance

By Michael Christel. Amid the looming March 31 deadline for remaining uninsured and underinsured Americans to purchase health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act (6 million newly Medicaid-eligible individuals are expected to enroll), pharmaceutical manufacturers and other key players in this space are emphasizing the importance of enhancing access to medications for the now […]
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