Xarelto And Pradaxa Stumble At High U.K. Reimbursement Hurdles
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
NICE issues draft rejection of Bayer's blood thinner Xarelto for use in preventing stroke associated with atrial fibrillation, while a U.K. payer fights a positive recommendation for Boehringer Ingelheim's Pradaxa in the same indication.
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Bayer’s Xarelto has made it into the NHS in England after its NICE recommendation went unchallenged, prompting a head to head battle with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Pradaxa.
Following a failed appeal by regional NHS payers worried about its cost, Boehringer Ingelheim's Pradaxa is finally recommended by the U.K.'s cost watchdog, NICE, for preventing stroke associated with atrial fibrillation.
U.K. cost watchdog NICE asks for further data on use of Bayer's Xarelto for the treatment and prevention of deep vein thrombosis, having made similar demands at the start of the year on its use in atrial fibrillation.