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Publication Digest: Gaps in the evidence underpinning high-risk medical devices in Europe at market entry, and potential solutions
MTRC shares the most relevant and impactful publications in the field of market access and HEOR for medical technologies in Europe through its Publications Digest. In a recent publication, Hulstaert et al. investigated the level of evidence supporting innovative high-risk medical devices (class IIb-III) during their market entry phase. The authors reviewed assessment reports from the Belgian healthcare payer (RIZIV-INAMI) concerning novel implants and invasive medical devices (n=18) available between 2018 and mid-2019 and conducted a literature review on evidence gaps within the European legal and ethical frameworks. The findings highlighted issues with the evidence provided for CE marking, indicating that clinical effectiveness is not ensured by regulatory compliance alone. The study underscored the necessity for improved clinical evidence transparency and alignment with international ethical standards to ensure patient safety and efficacy in the realm of novel medical devices.
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