Are we getting too much medicine?

Three times as much per-capita healthcare spending as the UK, five times as many CT scans as Germany, twice as much spending in McAllen as El Paso, Texas – what’s going on? Americans are consuming more medicine than is good for them…and evidently getting no healthier than people in other countries who spend and consume far less. But why?

Will that be hollandaise with your egg, or a side of vaccine?

With so much warning of the HIN1 flu pandemic, why don’t governments and the pharma industry have enough vaccine in time for this flu season? As Dr Dennis Gross explains, for vaccines, the process defines the product. Change the process and you might lose clinical efficacy. The processes for vaccine production – even in 2009 – are fraught with sometimes more art than science.

Editorial: Great minds think alike

One of the best outcomes of our ever-shrinking world is the opportunity to meet colleagues from other countries, to learn their best practices, share ‘war stories’ of failed attempts, and garner new ideas for solutions in our respective home countries. ISPOR held its annual meeting in Paris, France last week, with a focus on health technology assessment processes worldwide.