Personalised medicine holds great promised for both improving patients’ outcomes and enhancing the efficiency of treatment. Medicines paired with diagnostics are the backbone of personalised medicine, presenting new challenges in for health technology assessment. The situation in England, particularly how NICE might respond to this challenge, was the focus of the third networking event co-sponsored by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry association (ABPI) and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association. At this one-day event, speakers set the stage for discussion by presenting defining the context of this challenge for England.
OHE’s Adrian Towse presented on the economics. He discussed the elements of value of a diagnostics test (see our earlier blog post) and described the context necessary to produce useful assessments and to ensure subsequent use in the marketplace. His topics included issues of evidence generation, incentives for innovation, flexible approaches to access coincident with evidence development, and encouraging uptake and use.