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Alternative Pricing Strategies for Cancer Drugs

Andrea Messori, PharmD1; Mauro De Rosa, PharmD2; Luca Pani, MD3
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1Health Technology Assessment Unit, Regional Health Service, Firenze, Italy
2Italian Society of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Milan, Italy
3Italian Medicines Agency, Rome, Italy
JAMA. 2015;313(8):857. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17814.
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To the Editor Dr Bach,1 in discussing indication-specific pricing for cancer drugs, examined the practical aspects of linking the price of a drug to its benefits. However, he did not mention the Italian experience in this area, which extends more than 5 years2,3 and involves a total of 162 agents, most of which are oncological drugs.

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February 24, 2015
Peter B. Bach, MD, MAPP
1Health Outcomes Research Group, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
JAMA. 2015;313(8):858. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17817.
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