In the last decade, new therapies to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a progressive and painful autoimmune disorder, have expanded patients’ treatment options and significantly improved outcomes, helping people with RA achieve disease remission, avoid disability and experience an improved quality of life. And since the approval of these therapies and biologics, clinical evidence has grown, and these treatments are demonstrating far greater benefits to patients than understood at the time of their initial approval.
According to new research from Boston Healthcare Associates, as new evidence regarding RA and RA treatments has emerged, our understanding of the value of these treatments has evolved significantly. Key findings from the research include:
Conventional methods for assessing the value of new medical interventions capture only a point-in-time estimate of value, frequently devaluing new treatments by failing to recognize the potential benefits that emerge over time. Unlike the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, which recently undertook an assessment of RA treatments, we need approaches to value assessments that can keep pace with changes in research and treatment options over time. Static, population-level assessments of the value of biopharmaceutical therapies that do not account for sustained remission and targeted treatment significantly undervalue the clinical and economic benefits of innovation in the treatment of RA.
As a result of the complexity of the disease and the evolving body of evidence on treatment options, patients and their physicians must have the autonomy to make the treatment decisions that best accommodate individual needs and preferences. That is why it is essential that tools to measure and assess the value of treatments, including value frameworks, capture how value evolves over time.
Read more at www.phrma.org/value-collaborative.