Scotland Okays Funding For Keytruda and Opdivo For Esophageal Cancer, Among Other Drugs
Immunotherapies for esophageal cancer from BMS and MSD are among the medicines that Scotland’s health technology appraisal body has recommended for use on the National Health Service.
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European payers and health technology appraisal organizations have warned that their decision making is being increasingly hampered by evidence gaps. Some solutions may lie in the better use of existing mechanisms, such as scientific advice and managed entry agreements, while others could be introduced through the overhaul of the EU pharmaceutical legislation.
The difficulties in getting advanced therapies, such as Novartis’ CAR T therapy Kymriah, to patients have shifted and manufacturing capacity is no longer the biggest issue.
At a recent webinar payers and health technology appraisal bodies gave further details on what they want included and left out of the European Commission’s overhaul of the EU pharmaceutical legislation. However, speakers voiced some concerns about whether their demands will be met.