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2022 Sep 15

Pain Manag

The relevance of real-world data for the evaluation of neuropathic pain treatments.



Treatment of neuropathic pain (NP) is challenging. Interest in real-world evidence (RWE) for benefit-risk assessments of NP treatments increases given the paucity of drugs showing efficacy in randomized controlled trials and restricted labels of available medicines. To provide further context, a literature review regarding regulatory use of RWE and a clinical trial registry search for randomized controlled trials over the last 10 years was carried out. Taken together, and especially for available NP treatments, there is increasing support to consider RWE when evaluating their benefit-risk profile. Examples are provided in which RWE could be used effectively for updating the product label and informing treatment recommendations. Collected and analyzed according to state-of-the-art standards, RWE can inform treatment recommendations and product label decisions.