Ibrance Joins Rival CDK4/6 Inhibitors In English Cancer Drugs Fund
Pfizer’s Ibrance has won conditional reimbursement in England while more data is gathered to reduce some uncertainty.
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A series of decisions on anticancer drugs from the UK’s NICE will act as a reminder to drug developers excited by potential breakthroughs that health technology assessment has become an exacting filter for new medicines to pass through.
The Cancer Drugs Fund has improved access to oncology drugs, but if it is to remain fit for purpose it will need to evolve.