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Outcomes: a gamechanger for pharma
Patient-recorded outcome measures are likely to become a key part of how healthcare is provided, funded and managed. But is industry ready?
Healthcare WriterLynne Taylor
The British government's determination to place health outcomes at the heart of NHS decision-making presents UK-based drugmakers with a unique and potentially huge advantage over their global competitors.
Working in collaboration with the NHS to identify a product's true value - in other words its value to the patient - has the potential to boost levels of medicines uptake and could also lead to products arriving earlier to market, both in the UK and overseas, a PharmaTimes business meeting was told recently. Leading these potentially game-changing opportunities is the NHS patient-recorded outcome measures programme, which began in 2009.
Innovative drugmakers have included PROMs in their clinical trials for many years, and the data have also long been used in observational studies and population health surveys. "We have decades of experience using these instruments and pharma is way ahead of the game. The fact they are now being measured in healthcare systems changes everything," Professor Nancy Devlin, research director at the Office of Health Economics told the meeting. Indeed, PROMs are likely to become a key part of how all healthcare is provided, funded and managed, The King's Fund healthcare policy think-tank has forecast.
Screenwriter, university lecturer and mum of three, Fleur Costello suffered a stroke aged just 40 while home alone. Her call for help on Facebook – “help...fainter cannoi get up...uhrlp gurt h4ead” – probably saved her life
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The world is drawing closer to a ‘post-antibiotic era’, announced Lancet Infectious Diseases in November, ending a year of intense global debate on how to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
2015 was the year biosimilars finally delivered on the hype.
In February, Napp and Hospira launched Celltrion’s biosimilar infliximab,
challenging MSD’s Remicade and potentially saving the NHS millions.
Back in our May issue, we focused on one of the hottest topics in pharma today – patient-centricity. Much has been said over the years about this important issue but in 2015 it really came into its own.
Acquisitions in the pharma sector in 2015 are even higher than the record-breaking 2014, with the year crowned by the announcement that Pfizer and Allergan will merge in a $160 billion deal, pushing total pharma M&A to well over $500 billion