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…

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…

Hot topics in pharma and orphan drugs

I attended this year’s pharma pricing and market access conference in London with attendees across the pharmaceutical industry, payer and HTA bodies and patient representatives. While following the talks, panel discussions and roundtable debates, a few overarching key topics crystallised: –          Germany – AMNOG changes AMNOG, the German pharmaceutical law is regularly adapted to changes…