November 7, 2014

Fasten seat belts (4)

The times for drug prescription following prioritisation have arrived. Hepatitis C drugs have paved the way for such a move.There were some informal attempts for certain medicines and it was decided by clinical committees (i.e. for rare diseases), but now it has changed. The government has decided who has to get what and when, this is absolutely new. Have a look at this draft of strategic therapy for Hepatitis C treatment.
Any physician asking for hepatitis C drugs will have to explain the compliance with the criteria and ask for approval.
I said some weeks ago that a new paradigm in drug pricing was starting, right now I have to say that drug prescription priorisation by rules is the new trending topic, at least in our neighbourghood. Wether this prioritisation is based by cost-effectiveness criteria remains to be seen.