Patient advocates and friends of the podcast Mike Betel (Fatty Liver Alliance), Tony Villiotti (NASHkNOWledge) and Wayne Eskridge (Fatty Liver Foundation) join co-hosts Louise Campbell and Roger Green to share a range of impressions on a public comments session around the draft report released by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) on resmetirom and obeticholic acid for NASH.
Roger begins by asking the group how the word empathy fits into this discussion. Tony shares that he was upset by the majority viewpoint of 15 featured voting members on a number of different issues. For example, 40% of these voting members suggested that a drug approval would have no impact on a caregiver’s life. Tony asserts the importance behind people needing to be aware of the impact of NAFLD/NASH not only on the patient, but also the families and those close to them. Speaking from personal experience, Wayne shares that he was perplexed on the document’s position that NAFLD/NASH is not considered to be a progressive disease. This leads Louise and Roger to insert comments around the pricing and economic analysis surrounding the discussion. As the conversation winds down, Mike returns to the conundrum of the voting results. Listen on to hear why his reaction was, “I literally fell out of my chair.”
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