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Welcome to the October 2011 edition of the ISPOR eBulletin. The ISPOR eBulletin provides updates of recent ISPOR events and accomplishments. For more information, see:


New Task Forces Formed

ISPOR, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) have joined forces to establish the Comparative Effectiveness Research Collaborative Initiative (CER-CI) for advancing appropriate use of outcomes research including comparative effectiveness research (CER) to improve patient health outcomes. Five task forces were formed to achieve the CER-CI goal. For information on CER-CI, see:
Comparative Effectiveness Research-Collaborative Initiative (CER-CI)

For more information on these new Task Forces, see:

ISPOR Interpreting Prospective Observational Studies For Health Care Decisions Task Force »

ISPOR Interpreting Retrospective Observational Studies For Health Care Decisions Task Force »

ISPOR Interpreting Indirect Treatment Comparison Studies For Health Care Decisions Task Force »

ISPOR Interpreting Modeling Studies For Health Care Decisions Task Force »

ISPOR Synthesizing A Body Of Evidence Task Force »


NEW Draft Prospective Observational Clinical Studies Good Research Practices Task Force Reports–NOW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT

The draft Prospective Observational Clinical Studies Good Research Practices Task Force Reports are now available online for comment.

Prospective Observational Studies to Assess Comparative Effectiveness: ISPOR Good Research Practices Task Force Report »

2012-2013 ISPOR Board of Directors–Call for Nominations

ISPOR is a member-driven organization. Your participation is essential. The activities of the organization are a response to member needs. As a member-driven organization, its governance is determined by the membership. As an ISPOR member, you are encouraged to submit a nomination to serve on the 2012-2013 ISPOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS. Self-nominations are permitted. Please email your recommendation, along with a curriculum vitae, to: The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, January 4, 2012.
For the 2011-2012 ISPOR Board of Directors members (including terms of office), please see:
2011-2012 ISPOR Board of Directors »


ISPOR 14th Annual European Congress, Madrid, Spain - OVER 1500 PRESENTATIONS (22% INCREASE)– OVER 3,000 EXPECTED TO ATTEND

Plenary Sessions for this Congress:

Sunday, 6 November 2011 - Plenary Session I

Monday, 7 November 2011 - Plenary Session II

Tuesday, 8 November 2011 - Plenary Session III


ISPOR 3rd Latin America Conference, Mexico City, Mexico

The ISPOR 3rd Latin America Conference was held 8-10 September, 2011 at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico, with nearly 500 attendees.

ISPOR 3rd Latin America Photos »

ISPOR 3rd Latin America Presentation Award Recipients »


Value in Health Volume 14, Issue 6 On-Line

Value in Health »


Therapeutic and Diagnostic Device Outcomes Research

A primer on the unique characteristics of therapeutic and diagnostic device outcomes research (clinical, economics, and patient-reported outcomes). For ordering information, see: Therapeutic and Diagnostic Device Outcomes Research »


Risk-Benefit Management SIG

The Risk-Benefit Management SIG report, “A Comparison of US Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency Regulations for Pharmaceutical Risk Management,” will be published in Volume 17, Issue 5 (September/October 2011) issue of ISPOR CONNECTIONS. For more information, see:

ISPOR Risk-Benefit Management SIG Head to Head Comparison of EMA to US RBM Guidelines Working Group »


ISPOR Russia Far East Regional Chapter

ISPOR welcomes the ISPOR Russia Far East Chapter, with Salavat S. Suleymanov, MD, PhD, as Chapter President. For more information, see: ISPOR Russia Far East Regional Chapter »


ISPOR Poland Regional Chapter

The ISPOR Poland Chapter will host the 9th International Conference of the Polish Pharmacoeconomic Society on 1-2 December 2011 in Warsaw, Poland. The conference’s theme is ”Pharmacoeconomics and Health Care Reforms - Impact and Quality.” For more information, see: ISPOR Poland Regional Chapter »


ISPOR Mexico Regional Chapter

The ISPOR Book of Terms has been translated and published in Spanish, thanks to the efforts of ISPOR’s Mexico Regional Chapter. To purchase a copy of Health Care Cost, Quality and Outcomes: ISPOR Book of Terms (Costo, Calidad y Resultados de Cuidados para la Salud: Libro de Términos ISPOR), or for more information, see: ISPOR Mexico Regional Chapter »


ISPOR Egypt Regional Chapter

The ISPOR Egypt Chapter organized the 1st Introductory Seminar on Pharmacoeconomics on August 25, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.  Presented topics included, “Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research: It is Time for Egypt!” For more information, see: ISPOR Egypt Regional Chapter »


ISPOR Venezuela Regional Chapter Monthly Bulletin

The ISPOR Venezuela Chapter has released its latest monthly Spanish-language bulletin (No. 9) announcing the upcoming conference, “Dispensation and Pharmacoeconomics” (to be presented in Spanish). For more information, see: ISPOR Venezuela Regional Chapter»


ISPOR Taiwan Regional Chapter Quality Assessment of Pharmacoeconomics Study Workshop

The ISPOR Taiwan Chapter conducted a successful study workshop on the topic of Quality Assessment of Pharmacoeconomics on September 22, 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. For workshop details, see: ISPOR Taiwan Regional Chapter »


ISPOR Thailand Regional Chapter Workshop

The ISPOR Thailand Chapter will hold a workshop on “Submission of Pharmacoeconomics Guidelines for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Pharmaceuticals to the Government in Australia – Can We Learn the Process to Be Used in the Thailand Experience?” on October 18, 2011 at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. For workshop details, see: ISPOR Thailand Regional Chapter »


TIP OF THE MONTH-Research Podium and Poster Presentation Awards

PDF presentations and photos of presenters of ISPOR's Research Podium and Poster Presentation recipients from past ISPOR Meetings, Congresses and Conferences can be found by going to the Awards tab on the purple toolbar on the ISPOR homepage, select Scientific Achievement Awards, and selecting any of the highlighted past meetings, congresses, or conferences from the Research Podium or Poster Research awards.




ARCHeS Innovator – Online Clinical Trial Simulations


More and more, mathematical models are used to simulate clinical trials in order to:

  •  learn about drug effectiveness and safety
  •  optimize trial design
  •  perform cost-and comparative-effectiveness studies
  •  select drug candidates for advancement

Considering the complexity of clinical trials, it makes sense to rely on comprehensive models that have been validated against available evidence.


Archimedes is a health care modeling company that has built a large-scale simulation model of human physiology, diseases, interventions, and health care systems. Archimedes scientists continually calibrate and validate the Model by simulating real-world clinical trials and comparing the simulated results against the results of the original trial.


Through funding of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Archimedes Model can be accessed as software as a service (SaaS). ARCHeS Innovator allows users to run their own healthcare simulations using a comprehensive web interface with intuitive editors for setting up multi-scenario studies, specifying:

  • populations
  • background care
  • conditions
  • standard or custom interventions
  • treatments

ARCHeS Innovator covers conditions, treatments, and outcomes related to cardio-metabolic risk (e.g. coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes and its complications, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and smoking).


See how ARCHeS Innovator works:





5-8 November 2011

ISPOR 14th Annual European Congress

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January 2, 2012

ISPOR 2012-2013 Board of Directors Deadline

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February 10, 2012

ISPOR Research Excellence Award

Nominations Deadline

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February 10, 2012

ISPOR New Investigator Award

Nominations Deadline

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