New drug assessment tool introduced in Germany

New drug assessment tool created in Germany - EVITA

In early June, EVITA (evaluation of pharmaceutical innovations with regard to therapeutic advantage) started to operate in Germany. The tool, funded by the German association of statutory health insurance funds (GKV Spitzenverband), intends to focus on delivering risk-benefit analysis based on an assessment of new drugs against existing treatments. It plans to perform such analysis in a period of time shorter than that currently needed by IQWiG (German drug assessment body).

The new tool received criticism from the VFA and individual companies who questioned the methodology used and the need for a supplementary assessment.

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