Does pharmacogenomics provide an ethical challenge to the utilisation of cost-effectiveness analysis by public health systems?

La Caze, A. (2005) Does pharmacogenomics provide an ethical challenge to the utilisation of cost-effectiveness analysis by public health systems?. PharmacoEconomics, 23 5: 445-447. doi:10.2165/00019053-200523050-00004


Author La Caze, A.
Title Does pharmacogenomics provide an ethical challenge to the utilisation of cost-effectiveness analysis by public health systems?
Journal name PharmacoEconomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1170-7690
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.2165/00019053-200523050-00004
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 445
End page 447
Total pages 3
Place of publication New Zealand
Publisher Adis International
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
320503 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
730308 Health policy economic outcomes
1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abstract Pharmacogenomics promotes an understanding of the genetic basis for differences in efficacy or toxicity of drugs in different individuals. Implementation of the outcomes of pharmacogenomic research into clinical practice presents a number of difficulties for healthcare. This paper aims to highlight one of the Unique ethical challenges which pharmacogenomics presents for the utilisation of cost-effectiveness analysis by public health systems. This paper contends that pharmacogenomics provides a challenge to fundamental principles which underlie most systems for deciding which drugs should be publicly subsidised. Pharmacogenomics brings into focus the conflict between equality and utility in the context of using cost-effectiveness analysis to aid distribution of a limited national drug budget.
Keyword Cost effectiveness
Health policy
Pharmacogenomics
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Therapy
Q-Index Code C1

 
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