National Pharmaceutical Council Measuring Whether CER Measures Up to Personalized Medicine

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  • 02/01/2012
The National Pharmaceutical Council is sponsoring several studies that will allow consumers, researchers and entrepreneurs to determine whether CER is enabling personalized medicine or not.   NPC is launching these different projects -- ranging from evaluating whether CER is  truly capturing genetic and clinical differences and using it to measuring outcomes as well as whether CER is being used to promote individualized treatment decisions -- to create a badly needed critical mass of research.  The result could be the creation of metrics and benchmarks for determining whether CER is advancing personalized medicine or making it more difficult.    Moreover, the research can and should be used to shape PCORI and ARHQ funding priorities so that it focuses more on how to increase access to individualized medicine and ensuring that CER does not add cost or delay access to new technologies. 

NPC should be commended for its pathbreaking investment in studies that seek to make medicine truly patient-centered.  Here's a link to the NPC press release describing the research:

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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