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As an independent scientific institute, IQWiG examines the benefits and harms of medical interventions for patients. We provide information about the advantages and disadvantages of examination and treatment methods in the form of scientific reports and easily understandable health information.

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Emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide in HIV infection: added benefit not proven

2016-08-15 Partly no data were available, partly the appropriate comparator therapy was not adhered to. The risk of nervous system disorders was increased for one patient group.  read more Link to "Emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide in HIV infection: added benefit not proven"

Adaptive pathways: EMA still leaves open questions unanswered

2016-08-09 The current EMA report on the pilot project again documents the perplexity regarding the use of real world data. Neither EMA nor industry seems to have a conclusive concept.  read more Link to "Adaptive pathways: EMA still leaves open questions unanswered"

Brivaracetam in epilepsy: added benefit still not proven

2016-08-04 The indirect comparison later submitted in the commenting procedure is methodologically better and covers more outcomes than the previous ones. However, an added benefit still cannot be derived.  read more Link to "Brivaracetam in epilepsy: added benefit still not proven"

Nivolumab in advanced lung cancer: indication of major added benefit

2016-08-01 Patients with advanced nonsquamous NSCLC who have already undergone chemotherapy survive longer with the drug than with docetaxel.  read more Link to "Nivolumab in advanced lung cancer: indication of major added benefit"

Afatinib in advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the lung: added benefit not proven

2016-08-01 Neither the direct nor the indirect comparison conducted by the drug manufacturer allows conclusions on advantages or disadvantages in comparison with the appropriate comparator therapy.  read more Link to "Afatinib in advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the lung: added benefit not proven"

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Current commenting procedures (Hearings)

Current commenting procedures (Hearings)

No. Title Type Deadline
N14-02 Systemic therapy in adults as a psychotherapeutic approach on the preliminary report 2016-09-20
S15-02 Newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID screening) on the preliminary report 2016-08-26

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Afatinib (Giotrif) for advanced squamous cell cancer of the lung

Afatinib (trade name: Giotrif) has been approved in Germany since March 2016 for the treatment of advanced squamous cell lung cancer. It is a treatment option for adults with cancer that has progressed despite having platinum-based chemotherapy.  read more (Link to "Afatinib (Giotrif) for advanced squamous cell cancer of the lung" – opens in a new window)

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