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The main objective of this comparative analysis was to assess regulations applied by EU governments to reward potentially innovative drugs. We focused on the pharmaceutical policy for in-patent drugs in seven EU countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. A common scheme was applied to all seven countries: first, pricing(More)
Epilepsy is a chronic treatable condition for which new diagnostic tools and several new drugs and non-pharmacological treatments are now available. The cost profile of these options is assessed here through an overview of the available literature focusing on studies of childhood epilepsy. Several methodological problems arise when interpreting the results(More)
The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is a new and expensive vaccine potentially effective in the prevention of a cancer. We reviewed the economic evaluations (EEs) on the vaccine in the EU to assess their potential contribution to public decision-making in a fairly homogeneous setting where HPV vaccination has been widely adopted. A literature search on(More)
OBJECTIVES To review the economic evaluations (EEs) done in Italy by Italian authors, following a common scheme to allow some comparisons of the studies selected and with the international reviews. METHODS We selected all the original studies published by Italian authors (in Italian or English) in national and international journals. The period considered(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined Continuing Medical Education (CME) systems in a sample of six EU countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, and the UK. The aim of this comparative study was to assess the main country-specific institutional settings applied by governments. METHODS A common scheme of analysis was applied to investigate the following(More)
OBJECTIVE This literature review aimed to critically assess the 'state of the art' of the full economic evaluations (FEEs) on glaucoma pharmacological treatments. This is the first review that tries to thoroughly assess both costs and consequences of pharmacoeconomic evaluations on glaucoma. METHODS A literature search was done on the international(More)
BACKGROUND Pegylated interferon and ribavirin are at present the standard treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients. OBJECTIVE The present economic evaluation compared 12 vs. 24 weeks of peginterferon alfa-2b + ribavirin treatments for HCV genotypes 2 or 3. Shortening the period of antiviral therapy is important in terms of adverse events and(More)
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