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Advanced therapy medicinal products and health technology assessment principles and practices for value-based and sustainable healthcare


  • Bengt Jönsson

    () (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Grace Hampson

    (Office of Health Economics)

  • Jonathan Michaels

    (University of Sheffield)

  • Adrian Towse

    (Office of Health Economics)

  • J.-Matthias Graf Schulenburg

    (Leibniz University Hannover)

  • Olivier Wong

    (Medi-Qualite Omega)


Abstract Background Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) are beginning to reach European markets, and questions are being asked about their value for patients and how healthcare systems should pay for them. Objectives To identify and discuss potential challenges of ATMPs in view of current health technology assessment (HTA) methodology—specifically economic evaluation methods—in Europe as it relates to ATMPs, and to suggest potential solutions to these challenges. Methods An Expert Panel reviewed current HTA principles and practices in relation to the specific characteristics of ATMPs. Results Three key topics were identified and prioritised for discussion—uncertainty, discounting, and health outcomes and value. The panel discussed that evidence challenges linked to increased uncertainty may be mitigated by collection of follow-on data, use of value of information analysis, and/or outcomes-based contracts. For discount rates, an international, multi-disciplinary forum should be established to consider the economic, social and ethical implications of the choice of rate. Finally, consideration of the feasibility of assessing the value of ATMPs beyond health gain may also be key for decision-making. Conclusions ATMPs face a challenge in demonstrating their value within current HTA frameworks. Consideration of current HTA principles and practices with regards to the specific characteristics of ATMPs and continued dialogue will be key to ensuring appropriate market access. Classification code I.

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  • Bengt Jönsson & Grace Hampson & Jonathan Michaels & Adrian Towse & J.-Matthias Graf Schulenburg & Olivier Wong, 2019. "Advanced therapy medicinal products and health technology assessment principles and practices for value-based and sustainable healthcare," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 20(3), pages 427-438, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:20:y:2019:i:3:d:10.1007_s10198-018-1007-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s10198-018-1007-x

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