Curated HEOR News From Around the Globe
AbbVie Exploits US Patents to Protect Profits: Congress Report
According to a US House of Representatives Oversight Committee staff report, drug maker AbbVie exploited the US patent system to push up prices for its Humira® (adalimumab) rheumatoid arthritis drug and Imbruvica® (ibrutinib), a cancer drug. The committee called Humira “the highest grossing drug in the world.”
How One Startup Is Turning Unwieldy Health Records Into a Patient-Friendly Platform
PicnicHealth says its mission is to make it possible for users to access all of their medical encounters, no matter how unwieldy the format. The company has built a system to let its users focus on self-care rather than data management.
Cancer Outcomes Among Medicare Beneficiaries and Their Younger Uninsured Counterparts
A study published in the May 2021 Health Affairs assesses cancer survival differences between uninsured patients younger than 65 and older Medicare beneficiaries by using data from the National Cancer Database from the period 2004–2016. The study found that compared with older Medicare patients, younger uninsured patients had strikingly lower 5-year survival across cancer types.
Modernized Clinical Trials Include Diverse Representation, Decentralization, and Real-World Data in Post-COVID-19 Era
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the door for new opportunities for decentralized clinical trials and real-world data in a post-COVID-19 world, according to a panel discussion.
A Clinical Trial Coordinator Is Indicted for Falsifying Data in a Glaxo Asthma Drug Study
A former study coordinator at a company hired to run a clinical trial of a GlaxoSmithKline asthma medication has been indicted for falsifying data. Jessica Palacio, 34, worked at Unlimited Medical Research, which is based in Miami and was one of several companies tapped to help with a study designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of Advair Diskus® (fluticasone propionate) for children between 4 and 11 years old, according to court documents.
Future Health Index 2021: Healthcare Leaders Look Beyond the Crisis
Royal Philips has released its annual Future Health Index report, which this year explores how healthcare leaders are meeting the demands of today as they prepare for an uncertain future.
Use of Real-World Evidence in Economic Assessments of Pharmaceuticals in the United States
(Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy)
While real-world evidence (RWE) has been commonly used to inform pharmaceutical value assessments conducted by ICER, a study in the January 2021 Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy found that there has been relatively limited use of RWE to inform drug-specific effectiveness, despite calls for greater inclusion of RWE in value assessments for real-world drug effectiveness.
Report Provides Examples of RWE in Medical Device Regulatory Decisions
(Policy & Medicine)
The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health has issued a report that looks at how RWE sources can be used to support marketing applications for medical devices.
RWE on Biosimilar Adherence and Adoption
(American Journal of Managed Care)
Posters from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy annual meeting evaluated RWE on adherence to biosimilars and barriers to biosimilar adoption. While patients on reference drugs had higher persistency, patients on biosimilars were more adherent to the medications, according to one of the posters presented.
Senate Finance Panel’s New Legislative Staffer Kaltenboeck Likes Quality-Adjusted Life Years For Valuing Drugs
(The Pink Sheet)
The Pink Sheet’s Kathy Kelly looks at Anna Kaltenboeck, the new legislative staffer joining the committee from Memorial Sloan Kettering’s health policy group.