Defining and Measuring the Affordability of New Medicines: A Systematic Review

Defining and Measuring the Affordability of New Medicines: A Systematic Review PharmacoEconomics (2017) 35:777–791 DOI 10.1007/s40273-017-0514-4 SYSTEMATIC REVIEW Defining and Measuring the Affordability of New Medicines: A Systematic Review 1 2,3 4 5 • • • • Fernando Anton˜anzas Robert Terkola Paul M. Overton Natalie Shalet 3,6,7 Maarten Postma Published online: 5 May 2017 Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017 Abstract thresholds and restrictions, to identify articles describing a Background In many healthcare systems, affordability definition of affordability with respect to new medicines. concerns can lead to restrictions on the use of expensive Additional definitions were identified through citation efficacious therapies. However, there does not appear to be searching, and through manual searches of European health any consensus as to the terminology used to describe technology assessment body websites. affordability, or the thresholds used to determine whether Results In total, 27 definitions were included in the review. new drugs are affordable. Of these, five definitions described affordability in terms of Objectives The aim of this systematic review was to the value of a product; seven considered affordability investigate how affordability is defined and measured in within the context of healthcare system budgets; and 15 healthcare. addressed whether products are affordable in a given Methods MEDLINE, EMBASE and EconLit databases country based PharmacoEconomics Springer Journals

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