The Cost of Innovation Roles of Industry, Regulatory Agencies, and the Clinician

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New knowledge and innovative technology have provided exciting potential improvement in clinical outcomes, but come with increasing costs, challenges in assessing their safety and efficacy as well as the need to carefully define guidelines for their successful applications. Industry plays a major role, along with individual scientists and clinicians, in providing the research and product development required to bring new products to the market. The Federal government, specifically, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, must carefully evaluate these products in a manner that protects the public from harm while, simultaneously, providing a pathway for the timely availability of potentially beneficial health care products. Clinicians partner with industry and the regulatory authorities to innovate and evaluate new opportunities in health care, and they must also be strong conflict-free advocates for their patients in the proper selection and skillful application of these new and, often, costly technologies.

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