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Did COVID-19 affect quality of life valuations? Medication adherence measurement: claims vs. pharmacy fill data. “Patients’ free choice of physicians is not always good” Digital Health funding stats. Academic research on digital health. Impact of hospice care on family costs. Impact of VBID for patients with diabetes. “Being sick is a full-time job”

Barriers to biosimilar adoption

When typical drugs lose their period of exclusivity, new generic competitors arrive on the market with drastically lower prices. As patients switch from brand to generic drugs, the price of treatments declines. For biologic drugs, biosimilar uptake, however, is significantly less. In part, this is because biosimilars are difficult to manufacture so the price differences…

Healthcare Expert and Former Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz Joins FTI Consulting as Senior Advisor

An exciting addition to the FTI team. Below is the press release: Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2021 — FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) today announced that former Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz has been named a Senior Advisor within its Strategic Communications segment. A nationally recognized leader in healthcare policy, Congresswoman Schwartz will advise clients on…

Complexities of COVID-19 manufacturing

Getting from a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to scaling to manufacture these vaccines for billions of people is far from simple: Manufacturing mRNA vaccines for the first time in a very short timeframe required significant innovation and remains a technically challenging endeavor. The process proved to be technically challenging as Pfizer developed a 50,000 step process.…

What is wrong with QALYs?

A paper by Rand and Kesselheim (2021) in Health Affairs this month conducts a systematic literature review to answer this question. Based on 113 articles they identified in peer-reviewed journals, they identify the following 10 criticisms categories. The graph above has each criticism category and the number of peer-reviewed articles that mention this critique type.…