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Coming Soon: Comparative Effectiveness Research for Biotech – Health Blog – WSJ

WSJ Health Blog reports:

[T]he NIH has published a list of high-priority projects it wants to fund, providing a clearer picture of just how that money may be spent. The list — online here — suggests scrutiny for some of the best-selling drugs for heart conditions and asthma, among others. The NIH would fund research laying the groundwork “to study clinical and cost-effectiveness of biologics to determine the best therapy for individual patients.” This could include reviewing existing research or computer-based modeling of clinical trials to predict outcomes. Spokespeople for some of the manufacturers told Dow Jones Newswires they believe the drugs are cost-effective, citing the severity of the diseases and the drugs’ effectiveness at treating them***The NIH plans to give out about $400 million of the comparative-effectiveness funding to researchers at academic and other institutions over the next two years. That’s not nearly enough to support multiple large-scale clinical trials, but it could add a therapy to an ongoing trial, an NIH spokeswoman said, or support other methods of research like analyses of past trials.

Wonder how quickly the Stimulus money for Comparative Effectiveness Research will spend out?

See also an earlier WSJ article prior to passage of the Stimulus law.

via Coming Soon: Comparative Effectiveness Research for Biotech – Health Blog – WSJ.

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