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WellPoint Is First Health Benefits Company to Release CER Guidelines for Use in Evaluating Pharmaceuticals
Date:5/19/2010

INDIANAPOLIS, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) is the first health benefits company to announce it has standardized comparative effectiveness research guidelines that it will use when evaluating drugs for purposes of improving health outcomes and providing value for members of its affiliated health plans.

"By placing our guidelines in the public domain, we are providing some guidance to pharmaceutical companies looking to offer meaningful information to health benefits companies that are evaluating pharmaceutical products on behalf of its members," said WellPoint Chief Pharmacy Officer Brian Sweet.

The announcement comes as many organizations that received CER funding through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act are preparing to design and conduct their own studies. CER may be used by WellPoint to assist in establishing drug formulary position, which determines the copay charged to members of its affiliated health plans and other formulary management initiatives.

"As various groups receiving funding begin to design their studies, they can look to our guidelines as one approach on how their study could be evaluated," Sweet said.

Comparative effectiveness research on drugs allows us to compare specific products to each other in terms of health outcomes. When this information is used by health care providers tre
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