Comparative Effectiveness: A Major Priority for Pharmaceutical Policy

Last week, FiercePharma contained a story that referred to the superior efficacy of Roche’s newest anti-CD20 antibody Gazyva compared to the original anti-CD20 antibody, Rituxan, in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).1 However, just this week another head-to-head study in CLL, comparing a kinase inhibitor, Ibrutinib, against yet another anti-CD20 antibody, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.2The study concludes that Ibrutinib was superior to the antibody Ofatumumab in both progression-free survival and overall survival. Now is it also better than Gazyva? Who knows? So let me use this week’s post to make a few additional comments on comparative efficacy.  Download PDF

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