241817 Clinical Management and Risk-Sharing Agreements in the Acquisition of New Drugs

Monday, October 31, 2011

José Luis Navarro Espigares, PhD, Prof, Mgr , Economic Department, University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain
Emilia Martínez Martínez, Mgr , Economic Department, University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain
The optimization of healthcare resources is a pivotal element in the clinical management strategy currently being developed by the Andalusian Healthcare Service. The incorporation of new technologies plays a key role in dynamically allocating health resources, particularly those technologies that concern the incorporation of new drugs. In this vein, the University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves (HUVN) recently signed a risk sharing agreement (RSA) with GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Volibris. The aim of the agreement is to make the final purchase price dependent on the results regarding the effectiveness of the drug for patients treated in the HUVN. Volibris (ambrisentan) is a drug used to treat patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The effectiveness of this drug in idiopathic PAH and PAH associated with connective tissue disease has been demonstrated. A minimum sample size of 20 patients has been agreed on to evaluate effectiveness. Each of the patients included in the sample will be evaluated at the beginning of treatment and after 12 weeks. Individual variation, based on six variables with different weights, will be assessed during that period. Subsequently the average variation will be obtained for these 20 patients. This average variation will then be compared with the theoretical value of efficacy obtained in EPAR Report, the product information sheet, and the pivotal studies ARIES 1 and 2. Effectiveness results for patients treated with Volibris in the HUVN are not yet available. Based on the PAH diagnosis frequency in this hospital, we calculated that the sample will be completed in a period between 12 and 18 months. A technical document covering the process of enrolling patients in the sample, data collection, and the method of transferring results to the purchase price has been developed. This document has been approved by a tracking committee in which all those involved in the agreement are represented, both from the hospital and GlaxoSmithKline. We are in the initial stage of the agreement. We have, so far, progressed through a crucial stage in the arrangement from the first contacts to the signing of the contract. The relevance of the case presented is that it opens the way for innovative negotiations in the area of public procurement of drugs. The RSA is a pioneering tool which complements the traditional pharmacoeconomic analyses (CEA, CUA) and the evaluation guidelines for the acquisition of new drugs.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Define some key elements in the risk sharing agreements. Discuss the advantages of risk sharing agreements in the adquisition of medicines.

Keywords: Public Hospitals, Cost Issues

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am associated professor at the University of Granada (Spain) and I also work as a financial manager in one of the largest public hospital in Spain.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.