Tag Archives: UK

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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GSK Invests in UK Manufacturing

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will invest £200 million ($327 million) to expand its manufacturing facilities in Ware, Hertfordshire and Worthing, Sussex in the United Kingdom and establish a new manufacturing innovation facility. The investment is in addition to a £500 million ($818 million) investment that GSK made in March 2012, which included a commitment to build a […]
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UK Plan for Rare Diseases: Little Focus on Access to Medicines

By Leela Barham. The European Commission mandated that all member states have a plan for rare diseases back in June 2009. With the EC deadline just weeks away, the UK has now finalized its own. But for those who were hoping it would have a clear focus on access to medicines, there’s little to be […]
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Where's the Vaccine for Meningitis B?

The bacterial meningitis outbreak at Princeton University in recent weeks has raised questions about why there is no vaccine in US to prevent this deadly disease, when such a therapy is approved in Europe and Australia. The current Princeton health danger prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to request emergency import of […]
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UK: The PPRS is Dead, Long Live the PPRS!

By Leela Barham. Long awaited details have been announced in the Heads of Agreement for the latest Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS).  It’s worth a read in full (and you can find it here) but some highlights are set out here.
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