Cairo, Egypt – The introduction of economic evaluations for pharmaceuticals or health technologies can help to optimize outcomes from resources allocations.
Researchers from the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population proposed recommendations for reporting pharmacoeconomic evaluations, taking into account current practices and capacities for conducting pharmacoeconomic evaluations in Egypt.
A focus group of decision makers provide recommendations for researchers in presenting pharmacoeconomic evaluations in Egypt with special focus on pricing and/or reimbursement applications of pharmaceuticals.
As an initial step, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population was encouraged to establish a pharmacoeconomic unit for the support of pricing and reimbursement decisions. Recommendations for pharmacoeconomic evaluations will provide an essential tool for the support of a transparent and uniform process in evaluation of the clinical benefit and costs of drugs that do not rely on the use of low acquisition cost as the primary basis for selection.
Gihan Elsisi, MSc, Central Administration for Pharmaceutical Affairs and lead author of the study says, “Recommendations for reporting economic evaluations will help inform health care decisions for improving health care systems and achieve better health for the Egyptian population.” The full study, “Recommendations for Reporting Pharmacoeconomic Evaluations in Egypt” is published in Value in Health Regional Issues.
Value in Health Regional Issues (ISSN 2212-1099) is a scientific journal that encourages and enhances the science of pharmacoeconomic/health economic and health outcomes research and its use in health care decisions. The journal is published up to three times a year with one issue focusing on the Asia region, one issue focusing on the Latin America region, and one issue focusing on the Central & Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Africa regions.
The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) is a nonprofit, international, educational and scientific organization that strives to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of health care resource use to improve health.