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Designing economic evaluations to facilitate optimal decisions: the need to avoid bias

Authors Lee KM, Coyle K, Coyle D

Received 21 November 2015

Accepted for publication 26 November 2015

Published 5 April 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 73—76


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Professor Giorgio Lorenzo Colombo

Karen M Lee,1,3 Kathryn Coyle,2 Doug Coyle2,3

1Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), Ottawa, ON, Canada; 2Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK; 3School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Guertin et al1 argue in their article “Bias within economic evaluations” that if researchers
fail to incorporate the future availability of generics entrants for new patented drugs, the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) will be overestimated.1 Before addressing the validity of this argument, it is first worthwhile to consider the nature of both bias and economic evaluation.

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