[Unmet clinical need and new therapeutic options]

Recenti Prog Med. 2022 Mar;113(3):161-166. doi: 10.1701/3761.37480.
[Article in Italian]


The debate around unmet clinical need (UCN) is still very much alive. How do we define UCN? How does it influence the definition of clinically relevant outcomes in a therapeutic area? Who defines UCN? What are the consequences of recognizing different grading of UCN? In this paper we will address these questions and finally formulate proposals for the Italian context. The paper is based on a discussion within a panel of experts. This topic is even more stimulating as this work takes place in a historical period which, on the one hand, sees the start of a new course of negotiation rules recently published by AIFA and, on the other hand, poses unprecedented challenges that emerged during the pandemic crisis. The working group formulated suggestions and proposals to further enhance the role of the UCN in decision-making processes, also in the light of the new negotiation procedure, and to help refine the tools for grading the UCN and the value of medicines in the interests of patients and society as a whole.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Needs Assessment*