Desiree van der Heijde, MD, PhD, professor of rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Center, said it is simply not worth doing these indirect comparisons because it is nearly impossible to account for the differences.
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“It’s not just that you can adjust for all the different things,” she said. “I think there are so many methodological issues that really you have to do your head-to-head trials and that’s the only thing you can rely on.”
Thomas R. Collins is a freelance medical writer based in Florida.
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