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Blue Pill or Red Pill: The Limits of Comparative Effectiveness Research

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has been heralded as a way to reduce health-care costs by determining which treatments provide the most benefit for the largest number of patients. This report warns that by choosing "winners and losers," CER drug trials may leave patients who best respond to the "losing" drug without coverage.

The report, conducted by researchers Tomas Philipson and Eric Sun of the Manhattan Institute's Project FDA, examines a CER trial for antipsychotic drugs in the Medicaid program and finds that applying restrictive reimbursement for "losing" drugs could actually reduce patient health and increase health-care costs. By limiting coverage for more expensive drugs that benefit patients outside the average, the authors find that worsened patient health would increase health-care costs by $1.3 billion, outweighing the Medicaid savings.

Dr. Philipson authored a related paper on this topic, "The Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research on Health and Health Care Spending," that was published in the Journal of Health Economics website.

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CER Tweets of the Week: Agenda and Crowd-Sourced Topic for PCORI Annual Meeting, PPRN for Alzheimer’s Disease (August 24-28)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted details of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (@PCORI)...
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CER Tweets of the Week: CER-PCOR Summer Institute, Survey on CER Training Needs (July 27-31)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders encouraged Twitter followers to register for the University of Maryland School of...
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#TBT: Medicaid’s 50th Anniversary & NPC’s Medicaid Compilation Series

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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E.V.I.dently July 2015

NPC MessageWho Can Say What, and When? Could We See Changes in Biopharmaceutical Communications?It’s possible that 2015 could be the year that we see...
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NPC Comments on CMS’ Announcement to Allow Broader Access to Publicly Funded Databases

(Washington, DC, June 2, 2015)—The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today commented on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS)...
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State Medicaid Directors Share Views on Comparative Effectiveness Research And Its Impact on Policy in National Pharmaceutical Council Survey

(Washington, DC, April 16, 2015)—A new survey conducted on behalf of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) shows that state Medicaid directors...
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NPC Highlights Stakeholder Views on Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

(Washington, DC, March 26, 2015)—A new survey of health care stakeholders reveals continued optimism that comparative effectiveness research (CER)...
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Michael Ciarametaro Joins National Pharmaceutical Council as Director of Research

Washington, DC (July 31, 2014)—The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today announced that Michael Ciarametaro has joined the health policy...
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Chain Drug Review – Commentary: “Health Care Outlook for 2015”

This commentary was originally published in the January 5, 2015 issue of Chain Drug Review.By: Dan Leonard, President, National Pharmaceutical...
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NPC Comments on PCORI Proposal for Peer Review of Primary Research and Public Release of Research Findings

November 7, 2014Dr. Joe SelbyExecutive DirectorPatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute1828 L St., NW, Suite 900Washington, DC 20036Dear Dr....
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NPC Comments on CMS' Proposed Changes to Protected Classes

March 7, 2014Marilyn B. TavennerAdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence...
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The State of CER and the Environment for Health Care Decision Making

This month, NPC released its third annual survey on stakeholders’ views on comparative effectiveness research (CER), “The State of Comparative...
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NHC's Boutin: Measuring Health Outcomes & Patient Aspirations

Marc Boutin, JD, CEO, National Health Council, emphasizes the need to ensure that we are integrating a patient’s perspective at the time that we are...
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NHC's Boutin: Incorporating Patient Aspirations With Medical Outcomes

Marc Boutin, JD, CEO, National Health Council, says while medical outcomes are critical to patients with chronic illnesses, it's also important for...
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Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

During a March 26, 2015 webinar, the National Pharmaceutical Council discussed the results of its annual stakeholder survey on comparative...
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Why are quality measures important? We asked health care thought leaders to tell us why.

Quality measurement, tied to financial incentives, is one of many approaches accountable care programs are using to promote system-wide improvement....
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CER Tweets of the Week: Agenda and Crowd-Sourced Topic for PCORI Annual Meeting, PPRN for Alzheimer’s Disease (August 24-28)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders tweeted details of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (@PCORI)...
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CER Tweets of the Week: CER-PCOR Summer Institute, Survey on CER Training Needs (July 27-31)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders encouraged Twitter followers to register for the University of Maryland School of...
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#TBT: Medicaid’s 50th Anniversary & NPC’s Medicaid Compilation Series

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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CER Tweets of the Week: PCORI Blog on Pipeline to Proposal Initiative, AJMC and V-BID Center Twitter Chat (July 20-24)

This week, comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders shared a blog by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (@PCORI) about its...
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