Cancer diagnosis – a step forward for England

New rapid diagnostic and assessment centres are being piloted in ten areas across England in a focused approach to identify cancer early.  These new centres are part of the NHS plan to meet the new faster diagnosis standard, where patients with suspected cancer should receive a diagnosis or given the all clear within 28-days. The…

PRIME – two-year assessment – was it good for biopharma?

The PRIority Medicines Scheme (PRIME) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was started two years ago to support and optimise medicine development. The scheme provides early and enhanced scientific and regulatory support to medicines that have the potential to significantly address patients’ unmet medical needs. The EMA has published their two-year review and not surprisingly more than…

Irish patients continue to be denied vital new drugs

Todays’ article in the Irish Times[1] highlights again that patients in Ireland continue to be denied nine drugs which are already approved for use by the National Centre of Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE). They have been waiting on average for 2 years for the Health Service Executive (HSE) to approve them for reimbursement. The drugs concerned range…

Partners4Access expands top leadership with new appointment

Partners4Access has announced the appointment of Alison Kneen as Vice President of International Operations to lead its rapidly expanding Market Access Orphan Drug Specialist team. Alison brings extensive international market access experience built over the last 27 years from previous roles with IQVIA; Principal and Head of Market Access Strategic Consulting, as well as during…

Partners4Access announces second gene therapy webinar on U.S. lessons learnt from Luxturna and Kymriah

Free webinar will be held on Wednesday April 4 2018 at 17:00 GMT/12:00 EST/9:00 PST. Registration available at https://partners4access.com/events/gene-therapy/ PARTNERS4ACCESS has announced details of its upcoming webinar titled ` Gene Therapy – U.S. Lessons learnt from Luxturna & Kymriah’. This is the second in a three-part webinar series on Gene Therapy. This 60 min webinar…

Gene Therapy Mind Map

On Rare Disease Day, we at P4A are exploring the most innovative ways to treat and cure rare diseases. This has led  to the creation of a Gene Therapy Mind Map, a learning resource to understand the different types and benefits of gene therapy. What is a Gene Therapy mind map? The Gene Therapy Mind…

Dear orphan drug industry, are you prepared?

Rare Disease Day infographic – US & EU February 28 is rare disease day. To be rare is to be unique. And a rare disease area requires an innovative solution to access. To commemorate this day, Partners4Access are publishing two infographics focusing on key aspects that impact commercialization of orphan drugs. The infographics capture three…

CDF to save NHS £140m over five years

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) is expected to save the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) a minimum of £140 million over the next five years. Medicines that are recommended to the CDF by NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) have their prices negotiated lower than the manufacturer’s initial listed price. Over 15,000 patients…

Cancer treatments: A brief history

February 4 was World Cancer Day and here at Partners4Access, we are having a look back at how cancer treatments have evolved through the years and where they are likely to go in the future. First came surgery In the 18th century, surgery was hailed as the first effective cancer treatment. The discovery of anesthesia…