Message from NPC President and CEO Dan Leonard
Announcing the NPC 2018 Annual Report
I'm pleased to share with you the National Pharmaceutical Council's (NPC) 2018 Annual Report, detailing research, activities and outreach from the past year. The year marked NPC’s 65th anniversary as a leader in health research and policy, celebrating a continued focus on strong research to drive conversations on important issues such as real-world evidence, the value of medicines and improved access to care, and innovation in our health care payment and delivery systems.
I hope you will read the 2018 Annual Report to learn more about NPC’s peer-reviewed research and white papers, public comments, presentations and communications activities. I also encourage you to join the conversation NPC is leading on health care spending and value, particularly through the Going Below the Surface initiative. You can engage in that timely conversation via social media using #GoingBelowTheSurface on Twitter, and remain updated on new discussions by signing up for the Going Below the Surface e-newsletter.
NPC Now: A Look at Our Latest Work
Able to Cure, Able to Pay: Closing the Widening Gap
In Louisiana, significant prevalence of hepatitis C cases and high treatment costs has led the state to turn to an innovative idea – using a Netflix-style subscription model to pay for curative hepatitis C medicines, in which the state will be able to access all the hepatitis C medicines it needs under a fixed cost, five-year contract. This unique payment model will be a central part of a pre-conference symposium at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Sunday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. CT. The pre-conference symposium, sponsored by NPC, is open to all registered meeting attendees. Learn more about the symposium and registration details on NPC’s website.
Research and Info You Need to Know
PCORI’s Emerging Technologies and Therapeutics Report Highlights Strides in Gene Therapies
In the Emerging Technologies and Therapeutics Report, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) highlights the strides that have been made in developing and using gene therapies and offers suggestions on next steps to answer questions about the use and promise of these therapies. The report includes a literature review and interviews with a panel of health care stakeholders, including NPC Vice President of Research Michael Ciarametaro, MBA. Read the report on PCORI’s website.
ICYMI: Articles of Note
- Oortwijn W, Klein P. Addressing Health System Values in Health Technology Assessment: The Use of Evidence-Informed Deliberative Processes. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. April 8, 2019.
- Basch E, Schrag D. Editorial: The Evolving Uses of "Real-World" Data. JAMA. April 9, 2019.
Events and Education
NPC Sponsors Upcoming FT US Pharma & Biotech Summit – Register Now
Under the theme “Securing the Future: Disrupting the Pharma Business Model,” the inaugural FT US Pharma & Biotech Summit will aim to explore and address the key trends impacting the pharma sector. This one-day summit, taking place on May 14 in New York, will provide insights from industry leaders and experts and valuable networking opportunities, enabling attendees to return to their offices and teams with fresh ideas and contacts for future collaborations. View the full agenda and speaker line up on the FT US Pharma & Biotech website, where NPC members can receive a 10% registration discount by using promo code FT10NPC.
NPC @ 2019 Pharmacy Quality Alliance Annual Meeting
At the 2019 Pharmacy Quality Alliance Annual Meeting, Mr. Leonard will share insights on the complexities of “Engaging Healthcare Media Today” on May 16 at 8:45 a.m. NPC’s research with Discern Health on patient-reported measures in oncology care will also be presented at an 11:15 a.m. session on May 16. Learn more about NPC’s sessions and registration details on our website.
NPC @ ISPOR 2019 Annual Meeting
Join NPC at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s (ISPOR) 24th Annual International Meeting in New Orleans on May 18-22. NPC research staff will participate in a number of issue panels and poster presentations and will host a pre-conference symposium on May 19 addressing financing curative therapies. Find out more about NPC’s activities at the ISPOR 24th Annual International Meeting by visiting our website.