ABPI Director of Value and Access, Dr Paul Catchpole, comments on the re-evaluation of Cancer Drugs Fund medicines.
Paul Catchpole said:
“We deplore any decision to restrict or remove patient access to cancer medicines. We reiterate that we are very disappointed that NHS England did not address concerns about the flawed process they are following, raised by the ABPI and pharmaceutical companies, before proceeding to re-evaluate CDF medicines. Such a re-evaluation process would not be necessary if NICE quickly evolves the way it evaluates cancer medicines as part of more fundamental reforms.
“The NHS England mechanism for evaluating medicines is crude and there is a risk that by evaluating cancer medicines in this manner important costs and benefits will be missed out of the process, potentially resulting at best in misleading conclusions being drawn and at worst NHS patients being denied access to CDF medicines which do provide significant health benefit. The ABPI does not support such an approach; any further development of a value assessment process for CDF medicines should be undertaken by NICE. We urgently need a clear plan with a set of agreed timelines setting out how a sustainable solution will be achieved”.
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