✦ The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and health care technology company Aetion are partnering to advance the use of real-world evidence (RWE) in assessing the cost-effectiveness of medicines, STAT reports. Aetion’s database of insurance company claims and related analytics allow ICER to use data generated outside of clinical trials in its evaluations of how drugs perform in the real world. According to Steven Pearson, ICER’s founder and president, RWE could be particularly useful in post-marketing assessments of drugs that were approved under accelerated pathways. Some of those products, especially for cancer or rare diseases, may come to market without large amounts of clinical trial data. ICER, a nonprofit research organization, will not pay Aetion under the terms of their agreement. The benefit to Aetion, the company’s CEO Carolyn Magill says, is in establishing its methodologies as a data standard. See http://bit.ly/2v6a9VG.
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