Drug industry group disputes lowering cost-effectiveness thresholds

01/30/2013 | PharmaTimes (U.K.)

Lowering the current threshold of quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, for assessing the cost effectiveness of new drugs and medicines would deny such medications to thousands and lead to a decline in U.K. health standards, according to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. The group was responding to a study by University of York health economists who said the current standard "is not based on evidence" and should be reduced.

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