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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19294

Title: Priority Setting for Expensive Biopharmaceuticals: An Analysis of Six Drug Case Studies
Authors: Rosenberg-Yunger, Zahava R. S.
Advisor: Martin, Douglas K.
Department: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Keywords: Priority Setting
Decision making
Accountability for reasonableness
Case studies
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2010
Abstract: Priority setting for expensive biopharmaceuticals is one of the most important challenges for publicly funded health systems. One of the drivers of rising healthcare expenditures is pharmaceuticals (i.e., drugs). Moreover, people are living longer and their expectation of, and demand for, health care, drugs, and services are continually increasing. The overall aim of this research was to describe and evaluate reimbursement decisions for six expensive biopharmaceuticals across five countries in order to ascertain if the processes were legitimate and fair. I conducted qualitative case studies of six expensive biopharmaceuticals in order to describe and evaluate the priority setting activities of eight committees across five countries, including Canada, England and Wales, Australia, Israel and the United States. Data sources included: 1) 32 documents and 2) 56 interviews with informants. The recommendations process of each committee partially met the four conditions of ‘accountability for reasonableness’. My main finding is that, while a number of values were considered by committees when making reimbursement decisions, committees tended to focus on values of evidence, effectiveness and efficiency, but not the full range of relevant values. Thus, these contexts did not fully meet the conditions of legitimacy and fairness. I have provided an in-depth description of the eight committees’ priority setting activities regarding the study drugs, as well as committee members’, patients’ and industry representatives’ views regarding the process. I developed practical guidance for leaders for improving reimbursement decisions for expensive biopharmaceuticals, the implementation of which would enhance the fairness and legitimacy of priority setting. This study has demonstrated that in order to create a fair and legitimate drug reimbursement process, we need to ensure the incorporation of a wide range of values, and the involvement of multiple stakeholder groups within the deliberative and appeals/revisions processes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19294
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