DIA: Driving Insights to Action

Early Access Programs Complicating Comparative Data Analyses

August 25, 2021

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) is an independent expert body appointed by the Australian Government to recommend new medicines for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. How have advanced therapies impacted the cost and cost effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, and the work of PBAC, in Australia? “Our decision making is becoming harder because we're being asked to make decisions with substantially more uncertainty about the benefits and safety and the value propositions because medicines are coming to market earlier,” explains PBAC Chair Andrew Wilson to Ric Day, Global Forum Regional Editor, Australia/New Zealand. “I don't think the quality of the information has fallen. It's just that we're seeing it earlier in the drug development program process to be considered, and so there is more uncertainty associated with it.”

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