SMC Follows NICE And Backs Lilly’s Verzenios In Advanced Breast Cancer
The SMC has given the all clear to funding for Lilly’s Verzenios for breast cancer, Richter’s Reagila for schizophrenia, and MSD’s Keytruda for melanoma. However, it rejected Alliance’s Xonvea for sickness in pregnancy because the evidence on benefits and cost effectiveness did not stack up.
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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.
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