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New National Pharmaceutical Council Report Provides Guidance on Evaluating Comparative Effectiveness Studies
Date:12/10/2009

taining innovation and patient access to needed medicines.

"There's so much written about CER, but very little written about how to properly evaluate a CER analysis. This report will help health care providers, patients and the media better understand what to look for so they can be better informed," said NPC President Dan Leonard.

In the "checklists," the authors suggest various questions, including:

  • For assessing a study's overall validity: "Is the study conducted in a 'real-world' setting?"
  • For randomized clinical trials: "Are study limitations discussed?"
  • For meta-analysis: "Were all relevant studies included?"
  • For observational studies: "Did the authors adequately describe and defend the statistical methods they used for analysis?"

The report is available on NPC's website at www.npcnow.org.

In addition to the new report, NPC has developed a CER toolkit that provides an overview of CER definitions, its history, and legislation currently under consideration. The toolkit is available in the issues section of NPC's website, www.npcnow.org, under "evidence-based medicine."

About the National Pharmaceutical Council

NPC's overarching mission is to sponsor and conduct scientific analyses of the appropriate use of biopharmaceuticals and the clinical and economic value of innovation. The organization's strategic focus is on evidence-based medicine (EBM) for health care decision-making, to ensure that patients have access to high-quality care. NPC was established in 1953 and is supported by the nation's major research-based pharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit www.npcnow.org.

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