European HTA: Cancer Drugs Suffer At NICE, Whilst IQWiG And HAS Also Tighten Purse Strings
Economic austerity and the resulting pressure on health care spend leaves little room for maneuver among Europe’s health technology assessment agencies.
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European HTA Round-Up: NICE Focuses On Cost Effectiveness, IQWiG On Clinical Benefit, But Convergence May Come
It is becoming increasingly clear that NICE and IQWiG have very different concerns on the reimbursement front, but it is only a matter of time before IQWiG gets its teeth into cost-benefit analyses