Off-label prescribing – a new mechanism for payers to drive down cost

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 24/07/2014 at 11:07 AM Permalink Comments (0)

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Off-label prescribing is the prescription of a drug for an indication or for an age group, dose or form of administration for which it is not approved. Recently, it has become a thorny topic for the life sciences industry, regulators and healthcare payers, with high profile cases arising in France and Italy.

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UK Early Access to Medicines Scheme - a new era for patient access

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 18/07/2014 at 11:12 AM Permalink Comments (0)

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In one of our previous blogs we discussed the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) introduction of the ‘breakthrough’ designation concept as a way of improving earlier access to medicines for patients with high unmet medical need. In this blog we’re focussing on the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS), a similar scheme launched by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in April 2014.

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Will wearable technology transform healthcare?

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 2/07/2014 at 6:10 PM Permalink Comments (0)

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Wearable technology is an industry that continues to grow and adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of our world. Many health- and fitness-related technologies have multiple applications and encourage wearers to be more engaged in their own fitness, help modify behavior by reminding wearers to exercise or take medication.

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Building trust in the collection and use of real world health data

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 26/06/2014 at 12:50 PM Permalink Comments (0)

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As our recent report Better care for frail older people identified: healthcare continues to face enormous cost and capacity challenges; largely as a result of increasing demand from growing numbers of older people with multiple complex conditions and a rise in the incidence of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and obesity.

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Fast-tracking drugs to market – an opportunity for all stakeholders?

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 18/06/2014 at 4:05 PM in International Permalink Comments (0)

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One of the key challenges for life science research and development (R&D) is identifying which biochemical pathways and diseases to target. Given the average cost of bringing a new drug to market is now an estimated $1.3 billion dollars as revealed in our 2013 R&D ROI report, it’s clear that R&D leaders are looking to maximise their returns. However, it is also becoming increasingly clear that only those drugs that deliver additional patient benefits will gain approval and funding.

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How’s your father? Improving the detection and treatment of prostate cancer

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 12/06/2014 at 8:57 AM Permalink Comments (0)

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Across the UK, prostate cancer kills one man every hour (or 10,636 every year) and is the most common cancer in men. Indeed, 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and currently there are 255,000 men living with and after the disease.[i] In the UK prostate cancer survival rates are below the European average and quality of care can depend on where you live.

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Over the counter medicine - Will Pharma exploit the potential in emerging markets?

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 4/06/2014 at 4:54 PM in New research pieces Permalink Comments (0)

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The over the counter medicine (OTC) market, whereby customers can buy drugs or medicines without a prescription is increasing in value and volume across the western world, with the potential for growth in emerging markets even more exciting.

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Health metrics, lifestyle and environmental factors: How healthy is your city?

Posted by Centre For Health Solutions on 28/05/2014 at 4:22 PM Permalink Comments (0)

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We often see headlines ranking cities on specific health-impacting measures such as air quality or commuting time, or highlighting regional differences in health outcomes, but rarely do we get a comprehensive picture of a city’s health and wellbeing.

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