Blow For Novartis As England’s NICE Says No To Kisqali
Novartis is having a harder time than Eli Lilly at getting health technology assessment body NICE to agree to make its breast cancer CDK4/6 inhibitor in combination with fulvestrant available on the National Health Service.
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Two of the three companies vying for an additional share of England’s CDK4/6 inhibitor market have now secured reimbursement for the use of their products in combination with fulvestrant for advanced breast cancer.
Health technology assessment body NICE says that Verzenios when used with fulvestrant can be used to treat advanced breast cancer via the Cancer Drugs Fund, giving Eli Lilly the edge in this space for now over rival CDK4/6 manufacturers, Pfizer and Novartis.
Novartis has failed to reach a reimbursement agreement to keep its first-in-class advanced breast cancer drug on the German market, but it is pressing on with plans to expand market access for the product across Europe. It is also working on securing regulatory approval to use Piqray in a broader patient population that would carve out a more meaningful place in the relevant treatment pathway.