Tag Archives: England
By Guest Blogger | Published: May 21, 2014
By Leela Barham. There has been a lot of concern about the decision to give the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) the responsibility to look at “highly specialized technologies” (HSTs, or orphan drugs to you and me). That decision was taken just as the NHS across England was going through major reform […]
By Guest Blogger | Published: May 1, 2014
By Leela Barham. An administrative court has said that a Clinical Commission Group (CCG, a local budget holder for the National Health Service in England) can’t just disagree with guidance from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) — that’s unlawful.
By Guest Blogger | Published: April 25, 2014
By Leela Barham. The Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio (ICER) thresholds used by agencies such as the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), and as far afield as Australia by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) are often controversial. This is mostly because it means analysts saying that a […]
By Guest Blogger | Published: June 14, 2013
By Leela Barham. A common gripe from those in the pharma industry in England is that even when their products have been found to be cost effective by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (not always easy to do these days), uptake in the NHS can be ‘low and slow’. The latest […]
By Guest Blogger | Published: May 21, 2013
By Leela Barham. The UK’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society has joined forces with a number of other organizations, including the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), to issue new guidance on medicines optimization. Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England, says it could be revolutionary.