New medicine assessment change backed

The NHS should work more closely with manufacturers on assessing the benefits of new medicines rather than simply blocking access, the drug industry believes.

New drugs: UK use is low
New drugs: UK use is low

Dr Richard Barker, director general of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said restricting access to drugs led to patients missing out on the best care available.

This means patients cannot be included in many trials and creates a spiral in which care in the UK falls behind that in other countries, he said.

Dr Barker said NICE should recognise that when a drug is launched there may be limited data as to its effectiveness and value to the NHS in practice.

Rather than blocking access, the NHS should be allowed to use the drug and studies undertaken of how patients are benefitting, he said.

The NHS could then, he argued, become a 'living laboratory for healthcare innovation'.

Dr John Jeans, chief operating officer of the Medical Research Council, said the NHS should look at whether it could cut costs simply by checking whether drugs are benefitting particular patients or not.

The health White Paper aims to reform the way that drug companies are paid for NHS medicines.

It hopes a value-based pricing system will improve NHS access to effective drugs and innovative treatment.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard at Downing Street press conference

GPs offered £15 per jab as government sets 31 January COVID-19 booster deadline

COVID-19 vaccine payments to GP practices will rise nearly a fifth to £15 per jab...

Houses of parliament

Evidence for mandatory NHS staff COVID-19 jabs 'not good enough', says Lords committee

Evidence to support government plans to require all NHS staff in patient-facing roles...

Dr Farah Jameel

Practices 'need substantial support' to step up Omicron response, warns BMA GP chair

General practice is already facing unsustainable pressure and will need 'substantial...

JCVI COVID-19 immunisation chair Professor Wei Shen Lim

JCVI backs immediate expansion of COVID-19 vaccination to combat Omicron variant

The COVID-19 booster campaign should expand immediately to people aged 18-39 and...

Close up of hand holding sample tube with 'Omicron' handwritten on side

Government urged to 'free up' GP practices and expand steps to control Omicron

GPs have called for immediate action such as suspension of QOF to allow practices...

(Photo: Mike Kemp/Getty Images)

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...