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    Vaccines Europe makes the case for vaccine-specific HTA

    A new position paper from Vaccines Europe calls for an EU-wide committee and effort to implement clinical health technology assessment (HTA) methodologies that are specific to vaccines.   The vaccine-specific initiative would be part of a broader effort by the European Commission (EC) to institute common HTA methodologies and tools throughout the EU. Vaccines Europe, together with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations’ (EFPIA), is seekin...
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    England and Canada diverge from US on cancer drug decisions

    Regulatory and health technology assessment agencies in Canada and England are diverging from the US when it comes to oncology drugs. But they often rely on the same surrogate endpoints to make their decisions, according to two new analyses published in JAMA Internal Medicine .   The first study , led by Avi Cherla, MSc, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, revealed that among 68 cancer indications with accelerated approval in the US that also rec...
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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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    FDA Considers Creating New 'Office of Patient Affairs'

    As part of efforts to better capture patients' perspectives, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said it is considering establishing an "Office of Patient Affairs," to be tasked with supporting and coordinating patient engagement across the agency. The move to create the office would be part of the agency’s efforts to offer “a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community,” as well as “triage and navigation services for inbound inqu...
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    EMA Explains How it Supports Article 58 Applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released a document discussing the regulatory support available to drugmakers looking to submit applications via the Article 58 procedure in an attempt to increase access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Background First introduced in Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 in 2004, the Article 58 procedure allows EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to give opinions, in collaboration ...
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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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    EMA to Launch Tailored Biosimilar Scientific Advice Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced that it will launch a tailored scientific advice pilot project in February 2017 to support the development of new biosimilars. The tailored procedure will advise developers on the studies they should conduct, based on a review of the quality, analytical and functional data they already have available (standard  scientific advice  does not include the assessment of existing data). EMA plans to run the pilot until ...
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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...