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Melanoma: dabrafenib and trametinib have added benefit

2019-01-02 This combination showed advantages in survival and recurrence. An added benefit was not proven for another combination used in advanced disease.

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Jens Flintrop to become new press officer at IQWiG

2018-12-12 From January 2019, Jens Flintrop will be Head of the Communications Unit. After many years as a journal editor, he became press officer at the Westfalen-Lippe Association of SHI Physicians.

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AMNOG as a learning system: New study on ingenol mebutate in actinic keratosis shows added benefit

2018-12-03 Following a negative G-BA decision due to a lack of data in 2013, the drug manufacturer now presented a suitable, albeit very short study.

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Balneo-phototherapy: Studies now show greater benefit also in atopic eczema

2018-11-22 For psoriasis, it has been known since 2007 that UV light therapy should be combined with brine baths. New data have now shown this also for atopic eczema.

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Benefit of LDR brachytherapy in patients with early-stage prostate cancer is still unclear

2018-11-16 Even eleven years after the first benefit assessment, the evidence base remains inadequate. The hopes to be able to close gaps in knowledge were disappointed when PREFERE failed in 2016 due to a lack …

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Screening for hepatitis B and hepatitis C: benefit unclear due to a lack of suitable studies

2018-11-14 There are no suitable studies for the benefit assessment of screenings of the general population. Thorough accompanying evaluation is required for hepatitis C screening of risk groups.

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International HTA organization will meet in Cologne in June 2019

2018-10-19 About 1000 experts are expected to participate in the annual meeting of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) in Cologne. IQWiG is coordinating the scientific Programme.

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Clinical trial investigators violate EU regulations: Entries in EU Register are incomplete

2018-09-21 Compliance of pharma companies is relatively good, but very poor for university research groups. Research funders should make allocation of further funding dependent on data transparency.

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How we communicate evidence – IQWiG Autumn Symposium 2018

2018-09-20 Communicating evidence so that it reaches decision-makers, despite persistent prejudice and interest-driven interference: How does that work? We will discuss this on 23 and 24 November.

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Current commenting procedures (Hearings)

Current commenting procedures (Hearings)

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N18-03 Mandibular advancement devices in mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea in adults on the report plan 2019-01-09

Calls for tenders advertised

Calls for tenders advertised

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Pelvic organ prolapse

For various reasons, the connective tissue in women’s pelvic floor may become weaker. This can cause the womb, bladder or the end part of the bowel to slip down. Bladder prolapses are the most common. The main treatment options are pelvic floor exercises, vaginal pessaries and surgery.   read more (Link to \Pelvic organ prolapse\"" ‚Äì opens in a new window)


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