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German watchdog calls for direct comparison of cancer immunotherapies [Reuters (UK)]

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PDF German watchdog calls for direct comparison of cancer immunotherapies | Reuters Reuters Staff 3 Min Read FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s drug assessment body has criticized a lack of data directly comparing drugs in a promising new class of cancer immunotherapy, saying physicians could be overwhelmed or misled by the available information. IQWiG, the independent authority in Germany that evaluates new drugs and plays a key role in what price health services pay for them, has looked into new immunotherapy drugs for the treatment of bladder cancer as part of its so-called early benefit assessment. It concluded there were some signs that patients who could not be helped by previous courses of standard chemotherapy could benefit considerably from Merck & Co’s Keytruda and Roche’s Tecentriq, but said physicians needed head-to-head drug trials to pick the best treatment option. “The procedure of the early benefit assessment does unfortunately not allow a comparison of new drugs against each [Read more]

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