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NICE Zytiga snub is 'plainly illogical,' critic says

U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has delivered a blow to Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga in final draft guidance recommending against the prostate cancer pill as a treatment for prostate cancer before chemotherapy.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.

Skeptical U.K. watchdogs decide to back Gilead's hep C star Sovaldi

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.

NICE says social values, along with cost, need to be factored into decisions

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.

NICE raises ire of breast cancer patients with rejection of Roche's Kadcyla

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued its final draft guidance for Kadcyla, which declares the drug is too expensive to cover.

U-turn from U.K.'s NICE boosts Biogen's high-flying Tecfidera

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.

NICE likes Lundbeck's alcohol-addiction drug Selincro

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.

Novartis pulls EMA app for new Tasigna use, but wins new NICE nod for Gleevec

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.

Can clot-fighters get a boost from the U.K.'s new enthusiasm?

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.

NICE backs thousands more scripts for clot-fighters Pradaxa, Xarelto, and Eliquis

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.

U.K. gatekeepers nix hep C drug Sovaldi till Gilead ponies up more evidence

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.