Evaluating medicines: let’s use all the evidence

Med J Aust 2007; 186 (5): 249-252.
  • Chris W Kelman1
  • Sallie-Anne Pearson2
  • Richard O Day2
  • C D'Arcy J Holman3
  • Erich V Kliewer4,5
  • David A Henry6

  • 1 National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and ANU Medical School, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Centre for Health Services Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 4 Epidemiology and Cancer Registry, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • 5 Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • 6 School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.

Correspondence: chris.kelman@anu.edu.au


We wish to thank Associate Professor Andrea Mant, Dr John McEwen, Dr James Harris and Dr Tom Faunce for their useful comments and encouragement. We also appreciate the support of stakeholders, including industry and consumers, for this proposal.

Competing interests:

Richard Day sits on several advisory boards (mostly related to treating rheumatic disorders with biological agents and anti-inflammatory drugs) that meet ad hoc to review data about new medicines and to give advice regarding their clinical uses. Honoraria are received for these activities, which are unrelated to his contribution to this article.

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