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    New Law to Boost EU-level Cooperation on Health Tech Assessments

    In a boost for health technology assessments (HTA), the European Parliament recently adopted a new law that allows for greater cooperation among EU member states.   The law on HTAs specifically seeks to minimize duplicate assessments on new medicines and medical devices with the goal of removing unnecessary barriers to patient access and reducing administrative burden on industry. Following its 3 October adoption , the law was well-received by MedTech Europe as ...
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    EMA, EUnetHTA Sign Off on Three-Year Work Plan

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) on Monday detailed their priorities for the next three years in a joint work plan. Much of the 2017-2020 work plan builds on previous and ongoing efforts to streamline processes between regulators and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies. "By working together, EMA and EUnetHTA help medicine developers to improve clinical research and become more efficient in...
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    Drug Reimbursement in Canada

    This article provides a high-level overview of the elements of prescription drug reimbursement in Canada and discusses the costs, processes and reimbursement plans associated with a number of federal health agencies and payers and describes some of the variety of drug plans in place. The Regulatory–Reimbursement Interface Community (out-patient) drug reimbursement is usually considered after a drug has received regulatory approval from Health Canada. Regulatory proces...
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    The Value of Health Technology Assessment Scientific Advice

    In recent years, particularly in Europe, a paradigm shift in the regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) environment has led to an increase in multi-stakeholder acceptance of integrated scientific advice. This article discusses how using integrated scientific advice can support companies in optimizing their product development programs and generate evidence relevant to regulators, HTA bodies and payers. Introduction In recent years, there has been an increas...
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    EU Health Tech Assessments: Majority Favor Continuing Beyond 2020

    A majority of respondents to a European Commission questionnaire, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, says health technology assessment (HTA) cooperation at the EU level should continue beyond 2020. The results, revealed in a EC report on Monday, found that almost all respondents (98%) consider it useful to compare whether new health technologies work better, equally well or worse than existing ones, as part of guidance to decision makers. Backg...
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    EU Parliament Committee Backs Report to Increase Access to Medicines

    The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee on Tuesday backed a draft report calling on the commission to analyze the impact of intellectual property on pharmaceutical access, as well as review the regulatory framework for orphan medicines, among other provisions. The draft , which a spokeswoman for the European Parliament told Focus that a final version will be made public by the end of this week, covers a menagerie of differ...
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    European Commission Explores the Future of HTA Cooperation

    The European Commission on Friday opened a consultation to consider the views of a number of different stakeholders on the future of health technology assessments (HTAs) across the EU member states. The commission is looking to track the experiences in the current system and the on-going cooperation mechanisms, as well as any future needs and opinions on the proposed approach in the Inception Impact Assessment . Specifically, the EC is looking to hear more on a number...
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    NICE to Charge up to £282,000 for Each New Drug Assessment

    The UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) plans to charge pharmaceutical companies new fees of up to £282,000 for each cost-effectiveness assessment for a new medicine beginning next year. News of the new fees stirred controversy in London’s Sunday Times , and a NICE spokesman emailed Focus on Monday with NICE Chief Executive Sir Andrew Dillon’s response to that story on the fees for technology appraisal and guidance: “Charging pharmaceutica...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: UK to Increase Regulatory Oversight of Antibiotics (22 September 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. UK Government Plans Significant Increase in Regulatory Oversight of Antibiotics The United Kingdom government expects regulatory oversight of veterinary antibiotics to increase significantly in the future. Ministers singled out the enactment of legislation that restricts or bans the veterinary use of antibiotics that are of critical importance to people as one of the ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Clinical Trial Delays Prompt EMA to Consider Revising Guidance (18 August 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Complaints About Delayed Clinical Trial Starts Prompt EMA to Consider Revising Guidance The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is considering revising its guidance on clinical trial reference safety information (RSI) after drug developers complained the current situation is delaying the start of studies. In response to the grievances, EMA has encouraged the industry to discuss ...
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    Researchers Propose Framework to Validate Surrogate Endpoints

    A team of researchers and health officials, including European Medicines Agency (EMA) Executive Director Guido Rasi, are proposing a three-step validation process to enhance the use of surrogate endpoints in regulatory and reimbursement decision-making. The issue, they say, is that poorly validated surrogate endpoints can lead to products being approved or reimbursed that have little or no benefit, and in some cases even harm patients. In recent years, drugmakers have i...
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    Market Access in Europe: Bridging Regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Gaps

    This article introduces the roles of HTA bodies within the EU member states healthcare system and provides key elements to consider for manufacturers who would like to enter this geographical market. In addition, solutions to maximize the product development strategy are discussed with the intention of bridging regulatory and market access gaps. The rapid diffusion of health technologies has presented governments with unprecedented challenges to provide high quality an...