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Alternative Pricing Strategies for Cancer Drugs—Reply

Peter B. Bach, MD, MAPP1
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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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In Reply Dr Messori and colleagues describe an approach to paying for cancer therapies in Italy that shares some essential features with indication-specific pricing as I discussed in a Viewpoint, but it is not the same. What the approaches share is the premise that payment should not be associated with the drug but instead with its use. Likewise, both approaches ultimately reward pharmaceutical companies more when their drugs are more effective.

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February 24, 2015
Andrea Messori, PharmD; Mauro De Rosa, PharmD; Luca Pani, MD
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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