Duct Tape for Decision Makers: The Use of or Models in Pharmacoeconomics
Operations research (OR) provides an excellent set of tools for decision makers who regulate the use of new treatments or medications. The decision about whether to use a new treatment must typically be made well before long-term trials or database studies can be conducted. However, large amounts of information about new treatments are available from the clinical trials required for drug registration. OR models can synthesize this information and use it to predict expected costs and benefits of long-term treatment use within a given population. Such analysis provides valuable additional information for the decision maker when a novel treatment is initially being considered. These analyses are like duct tape for the decision maker: they are designed to make use of the best currently available information to help current decisions, thereby bridging the gap until better information becomes available.
Key wordsHealth economics Pharmacoeconomics Cost-benefit models Cost-effectiveness models
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