In a letter to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) Chairman Tony Coelho provided feedback on ICER's draft evidence report on treatments for peanut allergy. Chairman Coelho was critical of ICER for overlooking patient input and preferences in favor of the discriminatory quality-adjusted-life-years (QALY) metric, noting that the use of the QALY does not help patients with peanut allergies and their caregivers mitigate burden. He also noted that ICER's model does not account for the complexities of peanut allergy conditions. "ICER continues to use one-size-fits-all models and limited data that do not capture the complexities of different patient populations in their assessments of innovative medical products," wrote Chairman Coelho. "PIPC echoes the Asthma and Allergy Network, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and other patient advocacy groups that have implored ICER to acknowledge that patients are unique individuals with different preferences who respond differently to treatments."
The letter in its entirety can be read here.