ABPI Chief Executive Stephen Whitehead comments on the ECHOUTCOME project (European Consortium in Healthcare Outcomes and Cost-Benefit research), which shows that the process used by NICE to assess the value of new medicines is flawed.


Stephen said:

"This research shows why NICE so often delivers conclusions that are out of step with other bodies and can undermine clinical work in the UK and most importantly deny UK patients in need access to new and proven treatments. This is clearly a flawed approach that can produce damaging decisions. We are working closely and urgently with NICE to look at these problems to ensure guidance that is issued truly values patient centric innovation.

"The research also demonstrates why it is so important that we get on with the job of developing value based pricing within a framework which provides stability and predictability for the NHS and industry as well as –most importantly – access to the most effective medicines for patients. 

"That is why I am pleased to be able to report that the Department of Health has now agreed to begin discussions in earnest about how we make this work for patients, the NHS and industry."

You can read the statement that ABPI has agreed with the Department of Health here.

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Notes to editors

The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.

Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. Our members supply 90 per cent of all medicines used by the NHS, and are researching and developing over two-thirds of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome diseases.

The ABPI is recognised by Government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry, for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK.  

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