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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 140-146

Cross-country comparison in the evaluation of evolocumab by health technology assessment agencies in England, Canada, and Australia

1 Department of Cardiology, Harz Hospital Quedlinburg, Quedlinburg, Bad Berka, Germany
2 Department of Cardiology, Central Hospital, Bad Berka, Germany
3 Department of Cardiology, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Narendra Kumar
Department of Cardiology, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/hm.hm_17_19

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Evolocumab is a proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitor drug which has shown great treatment effects in the treatment of uncontrolled hypercholesterolemia, particularly elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Due to its significant costs, several health technology assessment agencies (HTA) worldwide have exercised caution in issuing its recommendation across different patient groups. This study attempts to review the processes and compare the approach adopted by the HTA agencies in England (National Institute for Care and Health Excellence [NICE]), Canada (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health [CADTH] Common Drug Review), and Australia (Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee [PBAC]) in the evaluation of evolocumab. Between July and August 2018, the websites of CADTH, the NICE in England, and the PBAC of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia were searched for technology appraisal documents pertaining to evolocumab. The search included the initial appraisal, resubmissions, as well as the final recommendation made between 2015 and 2018. Significant variability exists between the recommendations and clinical and economic assessment processes in the evaluation of evolocumab across the three selected HTAs. More collaborative efforts may be required to align the interagency HTAs.

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