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"Real world" patient data documents the long-term effects of ALK vaccines

In the largest study ever of its kind, patient data from the "real world" documents the long-term effects of up to nine years of ALK vaccines. Up until now, it has not been possible to demonstrate these in ordinary clinical studies where the follow-up period is shorter, and the new knowledge could be a turning point in ALK's dialog about prices and subsidies with authorities and payers. 

Data from ALK's React study, which is a retrospective real-world evidence study including more than 92,000 patients with respiratory allergies, have just been published in the journal The Lancet Regional Health – Europe. | Photo: ALK / PR

In the health policy debate on the introduction of new drugs and vaccines, real-world evidence (RWE) is often highlighted as a solution to challenges in documenting the effects of new drugs.

Conducting clinical trials is expensive, and there may be uncertainty about the extent to which the results also fall outside the controlled framework of the trial.

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