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State Legislatures Explore How to Measure a Drug’s Value

What is a vaccine, a cure or a life-altering medication worth? As more state legislatures across the country explore this very question, their answers – and their methods – may not sync with their constituents’ values. 

Patient Access Withers Under ICER’s Influence

CVS Health recently announced that employers who use its pharmacy benefit management services can cut certain medications from their plan’s formulary of approved drugs.  Which drugs? Those that exceed a cost-effectiveness threshold established by ICER, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.  

How Physicians View the 340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Drug Pricing Program was designed to encourage health care facilities to provide care for uninsured or underinsured patients. The program works by providing facilities a significant discount on prescription drugs in exchange for their treatment of indigent patients. But whom does 340B really benefit? Has it fulfilled its original intent? And how do […]

ICER Report Offers Little for Women with Endometriosis

Only one-fourth of the 6 million women with endometriosis could be treated with a new GnRH antagonist and still meet the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review’s budget threshold, according to a report released by the organization.  The new drug has shown promise in clinical trials to lessen the pain associated with endometriosis, which can cause painful menstrual periods and even infertility.

“The ICER Myth” Questions One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Drug Valuation

What is innovative medicine worth to patients? It depends on which patient you ask. The disease a patient suffers from, its symptoms and their impact on a patient’s day-to-day life make the question a highly personal one. So does the extent to which a medicine addresses symptoms or even cures a disease.

Input on ICER’s Upcoming Analysis of Erenumab as a Treatment for Migraine

IfPA has concerns that ICER is undertaking the cost effectiveness evaluation of Erenumab before sufficient data exists. However, should the evaluation proceed nonetheless, it is imperative that the evaluation incorporate effective estimates for all of the potential benefits associated with more effective treatment of migraine, which include: reduced health care costs associated with treating migraine […]