The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) is a health policy research organization dedicated to the advancement of good evidence and science, and to fostering an environment in the United States that supports medical innovation.
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- Good Practices for Evidence
- Health Care Quality Measures
- Health Spending
- Health Spend Management
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- Impact on Outcome & Spending
- Individual Treatment Effects & Personalized Access
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- Patient Centered Formulary & Benefit Design
- Patient Cost Sharing
- Paying for Cures
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- Understanding Health Spending
- (-) Utilization Management & Step Therapy
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Stakeholder perception of pharmaceutical value: A multicriteria decision analysis pilot case study for value assessment in the United States
Study shows the impact of a more holistic approach to assessing value and how it can help address gaps within conventional value assessment.
Characterizing health plan evidence review practices: how often, how different, and how comprehensive?
All health care decisions should be evidence-based. Until now, it has been relatively unclear what goes into health plan evidence reviews. How frequently do health plans update their specialty drug…
Value Assessment’s ‘Leaky Bucket’ Problem
In Health Affairs Forefront, NPC outlines the challenges in assessing the value of new treatments and proposes a framework and recommendations to ensure patient access to new therapies and continued…
Achieving “Fair Access” Requires Better Benefit Design
An Institute for Clinical and Economic Review report acknowledges that patients are still facing barriers to needed treatments as a result of their health benefit design.
Prevalence of Avoidable and Bias-Inflicting Methodological Pitfalls in Real-World Studies of Medication Safety and Effectiveness
This paper focuses on recognizing methodological flaws in RWE studies so that researchers can avoid these flaws by identifying them ahead of time – not just after a study is complete.
Avoiding Methodological Faults in Real-World Evidence
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical Center and NPC found that the potential for biased findings in RWE studies increases substantially in the absence of a rigorous and…
NPC’s New Leader: Merging Research and Data with Real-World Experience
NPC Board Chair Michael Ryan says John M. O’Brien’s arrival as the new president and CEO of NPC reinforces a vital role the biopharmaceutical industry can play in the ongoing debate about health care…
The Impact of COVID-19 on Real-World Health Data and Research
This white paper provides key health care stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, payers and regulators, with a broad view of how the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted real-world data (RWD…
Stakeholders Find Step Therapy Should Be Evidence-Based, Flexible and Transparent: Assessing Appropriateness Using a Consensus Approach
Stakeholders disagree on when step therapy is appropriate, but agree on a set of criteria about how to develop, implement, communicate, safeguard and evaluate step therapy protocols.
If You Must Do Step Therapy, Do It Right
Finding consensus among health care stakeholders is never easy, and that is certainly true when it comes to the use of care management tools. But there are areas of agreement, especially if we focus…
What’s In Your RWE Evaluation Toolbox?
Real-world evidence (RWE) – information collected from everyday health care experiences – is growing in availability, and many health care decision-makers are interested in understanding and using…
Online Tools to Synthesize Real-World Evidence of Comparative Effectiveness Research to Enhance Formulary Decision Making
The authors describe and compare the features and characteristics of five tools to evaluate real-world evidence studies and add clarity on what the tools provide.
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: A Way to Put Patient Concerns Front and Center in Value Assessment?
NHC and NPC released a white paper outlining multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), an approach to value assessment that may more holistically address patients’ concerns, experiences and treatment…
Improving Transparency to Build Trust in Real-World Secondary Data Studies for Hypothesis Testing—Why, What, and How Recommendations and a Roadmap from the Real-World Evidence Transparency Initiative
A position paper by the RWE Transparency Initiative describes a plan for improving the transparency of the research process and making registration of real-world evidence study methods easier and…
AARDA’s Randy Rutta Talks Step Therapy
In this Q&A, Randy Rutta, AARDA’s President and CEO, talks about his organization’s efforts to raise awareness about step therapy and opportunities for patient-centered reforms.
Lessons from COVID-19: Step Therapy Should Not Be a Barrier to Patient Access
Step therapy requires patients to try a clinically recognized, lower cost first-line therapy before receiving reimbursement for an alternative therapy prescribed by the physician and can delay access…
Do Patient Preferences Align with Value Frameworks? A Discrete-Choice Experiment of Patients with Breast Cancer
The study assessed patient preferences for aspects of breast-cancer treatments to evaluate the usual assumptions in scoring rubrics for value frameworks.
Underestimating the Value of an Intervention – The Case for Including Productivity in Value Assessments and Formulary Design
Research shows that including non-health care costs like productivity in value assessment frameworks can change the value assessment of interventions, impact on coverage decisions and subsequent…
New National Alliance Report Encourages Inclusion of Employer-Relevant Elements in Value Assessment
The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions' report evaluated existing value frameworks and offers insights on the relationship between value assessment tools and the employer…