The New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (New England CEPAC), a core program of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), is a nationally-recognized community forum. The New England CEPAC convenes three times each year at public meetings to review objective evidence reports and develop recommendations for how stakeholders can apply evidence to improve the quality and value of health care. Learn more about the New England CEPAC process, and find out how topics are selected.
New England CEPAC directly engages clinicians, patients, and payers during public meetings to discuss implications of the evidence for clinical decision-making and coverage policies. Application of evidence takes shape through new medical policies, benefit designs, and patient and clinician tools to improve clinical care and patient outcomes. All members of the New England CEPAC must meet ICER’s criteria for Conflict of Interest.
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The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
The New England CEPAC convened on March 24, 2017 to discuss ICER's report on treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common autoimmune inflammatory arthritis in adults, affecting approximately 1.5 million Americans. RA is more common in women and may occur at any age, with peak incidence occurring at ages 50-60 years. RA is typically characterized by morning stiffness and symmetrical joint swelling of the feet, hands, and knees, although any joint (and in some cases, internal organs) may be involved. The course of RA may be complicated by cardiac, hematologic, and other extra-articular manifestations.
Interventions of Interest (subject to change):
- Adalimumab (Humira®, Abbvie)
- Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®, UCB)
- Etanercept (Enbrel®, Amgen)
- Golimumab (Simponi®, Janssen)
- Infliximab (Remicade®, Janssen)
CD20- directed cytolytic antibody
- Rituximab (Rituxan®, Genentech)
- Abatacept (Orencia®, BMS)
- Sarilumab (Sanofi)
- Tocilizumab (Actemra®, Genentech)
- Tofacitinib (Xeljanz®, Pfizer)
- Baricitinib (Eli Lilly and Co.)
Date of Review: March 2017