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Adoption of New Therapies in the Treatment of Hepatitis: A Verification of the Accuracy of Budget Impact Analysis to Guide Investment Decisions

While there are good Budget Impact Analysis (BIA) guidelines, studies still register potential bias.

A study, published in Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, compared the results between theoretical and real-world evidence expenditures for medicines for hepatitis C: boceprevir and telaprevir. While both are not currently recommended in treatment guidelines following recent developments, this is an emblematic case because for 4 years these medicines consumed considerable resources.

The study demonstrated appreciable divergence between the theoretical budget impact and real-world evidence expenditures due to underestimated purchase prices and overestimated populations. The greater the degree of accuracy the more reliable and usable BIAs become for decision-making.

Full study results can be accessed here.