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Communicating About Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Health Affairs Symposium on the Issues

Abstract (from Health Affairs): The United States is pursuing an agenda of increased comparative effectiveness research in an effort to identify high-value health care. One of many issues connected with the research is how findings will be communicated, particularly if they pertain to prescription drugs and if the findings could be useful for promotional purposes yet fall short of the standard of "substantial evidence” required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under federal law. To surface and air the relevant issues, one article in this issue of Health Affairs posits a hypothetical case study of comparative effectiveness research involving a fictional migraine drug. A symposium of analyses and responses to this study follows from various stakeholders representing the FDA; the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and pharmaceutical companies; an attorney for the industry; academic specialists in the area of pharmaceutical law and policy; a proponent of academic detailing, or university or non-commercial-based education of prescribers based on medical evidence; a payer; a bioethicist; and an official from an organization representing patients with chronic diseases and disabilities.

The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) provided funding for this issue and contributed to the article, "Communication About Results of Comparative Effectiveness Studies: A Pharmaceutical Industry View." 

This issue follows up on related topics raised during a conference hosted by NPC, the National Health Council and WellPoint in February 2012. NPC Chief Science Officer Dr. Robert Dubois explains the concerns about CER communications in the brief video that follows.


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CER Tweets of the Week: Patient-Generated Data, Value-Based Payment Programs & Impact of CER (July 7 - 11)

Which issues attracted comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders’ attention this week in the Twitterverse? ...
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#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

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: Evidence-Based Medicine & #PCORI Advisory Panels (June 30th – July 4th)

What was trending among comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders on Twitter this week? Dialogue comparing evidence-based medicine with...
Press Release

NPC Annual Stakeholder Survey: Comparative Effectiveness Research Is Important, But Impact on Health Care Decision-Making Is Still on the Horizon

(Washington, DC, May 19, 2014)—A new survey of health care stakeholders reveals continued optimism for the use of comparative effectiveness research...
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CER Collaborative Improving Health Outcomes Through New Comparative Evidence Tools

(Washington, DC, March 24, 2014)—Three peer-reviewed articles published in Value in Health offer important guidance to aid formulary decision-makers...
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NPC, Quintiles Study Tests Tools to Evaluate Quality of Observational Research in Comparative Effectiveness Studies

(Washington, DC, February 25, 2014)—With the growing demand for information about comparative effectiveness and questions about the quality of...
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NPC, UMD Study: Factors That Cause Different Treatment Responses Are Not Well Understood or Studied

Washington, DC, November 4, 2013—Although researchers and health care providers widely recognize that individuals with stage IV prostate cancer react...
Commentary and Testimony Page

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...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Keeping Our Eye on the CER Ball

Until the cherry blossoms begin to bloom later next month, most of the water cooler conversations in Washington will focus on the federal budget....
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Leveling the Playing Field? Could a Landmark Decision Alter the CER Communications Landscape?

A growing chorus of voices is publicly sharing data on the effectiveness of treatment options, but one viewpoint has long been shut out of key areas...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Living Up to Its Name? The Role of Patient-Centered Research

Anyone who has ever received bad news from his or her health care provider or held a loved one’s hand when a diagnosis was delivered can understand...
YouTube Videos

Real-World Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research Findings on Clinical Practice

National Pharmaceutical Council Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, discusses a peer-reviewed study suggesting that changes are needed...
YouTube Videos

Using Real-World Evidence to Increase Health Care Access, Improve Quality & Reduce Costs

Mitchell Sugarman, vice president of health economics, policy and payment at Medtronic Cardiac and Vascular Group, explains that health care decision...
YouTube Videos

CER and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

The National Pharmaceutical Council’s (NPC) fourth annual survey of health care stakeholders is continuing to shed light on the current environment...
YouTube Videos

Webinar: CER Collaborative: Tools You Can Use

Collaborative members hosted a webinar explaining how to use the tools they developed to create greater uniformity and transparency when evaluating...
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CER Tweets of the Week: Improving Patient Care Remains Hot Topic (July 14 - 18)

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) and the role of big data in improving patient care continued to be hot topics among comparative effectiveness research...
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CER Tweets of the Week: Patient-Generated Data, Value-Based Payment Programs & Impact of CER (July 7 - 11)

Which issues attracted comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders’ attention this week in the Twitterverse? ...
Blog Post

#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

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: Evidence-Based Medicine & #PCORI Advisory Panels (June 30th – July 4th)

What was trending among comparative effectiveness research (CER) stakeholders on Twitter this week? Dialogue comparing evidence-based medicine with...

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