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Using indirect comparisons in pharmacoeconomic examination

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Health technology assessment is a fundamental tool while choosing the most cost- and clinical effective technologies that are being introduced into the health system. The basis for assessment is the data of clinical studies. The experts are interested in not only the effect of a new medical technology, but in its comparison with similar therapeutic approaches. The above is the essence of a comparative study. However, such studies are not common. The article considers the problems associated with the use of indirect comparisons of new medical technologies in the absence of direct comparisons. General recommendations on conducting indirect
comparisons are provided. Possibilities of application of the results obtained in the course of indirect comparisons to conducting pharmacoeconomic analysis are shown.

About the Authors

Yu. E. Balykina
Saint Petersburg State University
Russian Federation

A. S. Kolbin
Pavlov State Medical University of St. Peterburg
Russian Federation


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Balykina Yu.E., Kolbin A.S. Using indirect comparisons in pharmacoeconomic examination. FARMAKOEKONOMIKA. Modern Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacoepidemiology. 2013;6(4):3-6. (In Russ.)

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