Immuno-oncology Drugs And The Trouble With Market Access
The clinical potential of immuno-oncology drugs does not seem to be reflected in approaches by health technology assessment bodies, with different interpretations of data, broad labels and cost all contributing to disparate reimbursement decisions.
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