COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCE
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
CONTINUING PHARMACY EDUCATION
WYOMING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
A NEW START IN HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
Welcome to the 2023/26 ACPE accredited Wyoming Certificate Program A New Start in Health Technology Assessment. This is an online program sponsored by the University of Wyoming designed for those who are looking to a new framework for the evaluation of pharmaceutical products and devices, to support robust value claims, ongoing disease areas, therapeutic class reviews, and if required, outcomes-based contracting.
It is now widely recognized that the existing approach to establishing cost-effectiveness claims for pharmaceutical products and devices is an analytical dead end. The focus of this approach is on creating assumption-driven simulations for contrived cost-effectiveness claims which fail to meet the standards of normal science, including fundamental measurement. The result is that health technology assessment, as practiced for the last 30 years, is unique in its commitment to non-empirically evaluable claims for cost-effectiveness. This analytical framework denies progress and the discovery of new facts in therapy impact; resting instead on the hope that formulary committees will factor in imaginary claims for cost-effectiveness into their decision-making.
This proposed new start puts aside imaginary assumption-driven simulations and impossible claims for cost-effectiveness, including the mathematically impossible QALY, in favor of a commitment to single attribute value claims, supported by protocols, that are empirically evaluable to support formulary decision making. An approach consistent with both the standards for normal science recognized in other disciplines and the limitations imposed on patient-reported outcomes by the axioms of fundamental measurement; a program that meets the neglected evidence requirements in health system decision-making.
The program is designed to meet the needs of health system decision-makers; a framework of analysis that is not only consistent with the standards of normal science and fundamental measurement but one that focuses on capturing the needs-fulfillment quality of life of patients and caregivers. This provides a firm empirical basis for evaluating long-term clinical outcomes. The Certificate Program was developed by Dr. Paul C. Langley, Adjunct Faculty Instructor, School of Pharmacy, University of Wyoming, Laramie WY and Adjunct Professor, College of Pharmacy. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN.
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For additional information on the structure and content of the Certificate Program please visit Maimon Working Paper No. 22 2023 on this website. The URL link is: