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Managing High-Priced, US Biotech Rxs in Canada

As the “Saga of Sovaldi” continues to unfold in the U.S., and Congress, insurers, providers, and the U.S. Rx manufacturer, Gilead, hurl charges back and forth at each other, it’s pretty clear the situation will only continue to deteriorate. However, as you look north of the American border, it’s striking how Canadian healthcare entities are managing […]
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UK’s Controversial Cancer Fund Boosted — But What’s the Long-Term Plan?

By Leela Barham. The English Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), set up to provide funding for those products that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has not recommended for use or where their guidance isn’t yet available, remains controversial. Initially penciled for closure in 2014, it is now planned to run to 2016. […]
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UK: Patient Group Sets Out Orphan Drug Charter

By Leela Barham. There has been a lot of concern about the decision to give the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) the responsibility to look at “highly specialized technologies” (HSTs, or orphan drugs to you and me). That decision was taken just as the NHS across England was going through major reform […]
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Pursuing the 'Real' Cost Effectiveness Threshold in England

By Leela Barham. The Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio (ICER) thresholds used by agencies such as the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), and as far afield as Australia by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) are often controversial. This is mostly because it means analysts saying that a […]
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Pricing and Reimbursement in Europe: Where Does Innovation Fit?

By Leela Barham. It was recently said, in reference to the UK’s Value-Based Assessment(VBA) program, that innovation had not been “tried and tested in the pricing context”, which explains the loss of the “innovation” criteria from the proposals formerly known as Value-Based Pricing (VBP). This prompted me to think about just how has innovation been […]
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