2021: A Record-Breaking Year For ‘Smart’ Pricing And Access Deals In England
Innovative Deals Between Pharma And The NHS Enabled Swifter Access To Treatments
NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) agreed 16 pricing and access deals with drug companies in 2021, ten of which can be considered ‘smart.’ The fact that these were achieved against a backdrop of COVID-19 is seen as impressive.
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Access to Takeda’s lung cancer drug, Exkivity, is being fast-tracked, and BioMarin’s Vimizin, for mucopolysaccharidosis type 4A, is switching to routine use after what the MPS Society called “a long and at times difficult journey.”
Orchard Therapeutics has agreed to lower the price of its £2.8m gene therapy for children with metachromatic leukodystrophy following negotiations with the National Health Service. Meanwhile, reimbursement efforts in the rest of Europe are also gaining speed and a US filing is planned.
An agreement between Vertex and NHS England secures rapid access to Kaftrio, the company’s triple therapy for cystic fibrosis, including for patients with rare mutations not covered by the soon-to-be-granted European marketing authorization. The final price will depend on an assessment by health technology appraisal body NICE.