U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has delivered a blow to Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga in final draft guidance recommending against the prostate cancer pill as a treatment for prostate cancer before chemotherapy. And nobody seems very happy about it--including NICE itself.
As Gilead's multibillion-dollar sales figures show, insurers and government payers are covering the highly effective--but highly pricey--hep C treatment. Now, if NICE's latest coverage proposal goes through, the U.K.'s National Health Service will officially be one of them.
The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence wants to know what "societal values" should be considered, along with cost and efficiency, when making decisions. Now an appointed group of 30 people have given it that feedback, PMLive reports.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued its final draft guidance for Kadcyla, which declares the drug is too expensive to cover.
Biogen Idec's multiple sclerosis pill Tecfidera has been steamrolling since it hit the U.S. market last April. And now, it's poised to pad global sales with a victory in the U.K., whose cost watchdog has given it the OK in final guidance after flip-flopping on a February decision not to endorse the drug.
Lundbeck has gotten a recommendation from the U.K. cost watchdog for its alcohol-addiction drug Selincro. It is estimated that there are about 600,000 potential users in the U.K. A final decision is slated for fall.
As blood cancer wonder-drug Gleevec ages, Novartis is trying to build out indications for follow-up Tasigna. After an up-and-down week for the pair, the Swiss pharma is now short a potential Tasigna label expansion, thanks to a snag in Europe. But a change of heart for the U.K.'s cost watchdog on Gleevec may give the franchise a boost.
The cost-effectiveness watchdogs in the U.K. really, really want people to take their clot-busting drugs. Days ago, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence touted the benefits of anticoagulants for patients with atrial fibrillation, and now, they're considering new backing for Eli Lilly's Effient.
While their makers fight lawsuits and regulators keep watch on safety questions, the U.K.'s cost-effectiveness gatekeepers figure the new generation of anticoagulants should be used more to fight stroke, not less.
Should the British health service pay for the expensive-yet-effective hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi? The U.K.'s cost-effectiveness gatekeepers say they're not convinced.