Tag Archives: NICE

Innovation Drops Down NICE’s Value Agenda

Innovation as a consideration of value-based pricing decisions will be conspicuous by its absence in future NICE decisions. Omar Ali, a UK formulary development pharmacist and consultant to NICE, speaking at eyeforpharma’s Barcelona 2014 conference on Wednesday, explained that the UK price watchdog will prioritize considerations of wider societal benefit and unmet need as it […]
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NICE's Tarceva Decision "Perverse", Says Roche

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) decision that relapsed non-small cell lung cancer patients should no longer have access to Roche’s cancer pill Tarceva (erlotinib) is a setback for lung cancer care in England and Wales, where “over 1,000 patients a year will be left without an active treatment option after […]
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Who's Watching the Drug Watchdogs?

It is nowadays fashionable to question everyone in authority, and there is no shortage of self-appointed watchdogs who aim to make sure that things that happen are happening as they should. The drug industry and drug regulatory authorities have been among the most conspicuous targets of this intense monitoring, on everything from questionable payments to […]
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UK: Is Value Based Assessment the New Value Based Pricing?

NICE and Value Based Assessment: An Update By Leela Barham VBA is the new VBP The initial proposals for Value Based Pricing (VBP) have evolved into something very different.  Now there is focus on Value Based Assessment (VBA), which is really focusing on adding just two factors to the usual methods of assessing new medicines: […]
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England: Is the Cancer Drugs Fund Running Out of Money?

By Leela Barham. The headlines have moved on for the English Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). Replacing the positive press releases such as “thousands of patients to benefit” in 2013 are headlines shouting out that “thousands face being denied life-extending medication”.  In other words, a return to the same concerns that prompted the creation of the […]
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