In 2015, Lord Carter published an independent report on operational performance and productivity for the UK national health service (NHS)1. Recommendations outlined how the NHS could save £5 billion by improving operational consistency between trusts. Over the last 18 months, the NHS has set about implementing these recommendations and, in January 2017, a new procurement […]
Recent times have shown that nothing influences the trajectory of healthcare innovation like the convergence of medicine and technology; but for now, the full potential of this pairing remains to be seen.
For decades, the pharma industry has been at the centre of an incessant debate: transparency in drug pricing. Pharma faces a perpetual paradox of compliance and standardisation on the one hand, and commercial sustainability on the other. Consequently, its drug pricing agenda rides a constant rollercoaster of scrutiny.
With rising treatment prices and healthcare spending, payer organisations are making efforts to contain costs, with the unintended consequence of putting up treatment access barriers. Hence, there is a growing interest in more innovative agreements, such as performance-based (reimbursements tied to conditions around producing outcomes or bridging evidence gaps), finance-based (rebates/discounts for excesses in agreed-upon […]
March 2017 saw the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) board, with input from the NHS England Specialised Services Commissioning Committee, agree to a change that will have a substantial impact on both patients and the companies bringing ultra-orphan drugs to market. In this article we consider what is going to change and […]
Biobetters are biologics that have been improved compared to the marketed originator, for example in efficacy, safety, tolerability or dosing regimen. For regulatory approval, biobetters must meet the same data requirements as all other originator products, whilst only a reduced clinical data package is needed for biosimilars (Table 1). This produces time pressure for biobetters […]
With the need to contain healthcare costs, payers often adopt selection criteria aimed at limiting the brands that are reimbursed and the price of those products. In some cases focus on cost containment can compromise patient access to new and innovative treatments. The need to establish a balance between cost containment and patient access pushes […]
Getting the launch right for a new therapy can ensure market access and long-term success.1 However, product launching can be a big challenge for pharmaceutical companies due to many factors, such as high development costs, increasing competition, more stringent government and regulatory restrictions, and drug patent expirations.2
Finding a cure for debilitating conditions is a long-standing aspiration for many working within the pharmaceutical industry. Indeed, when news broke out of a 15-year-old boy with Sickle Cell Anaemia experiencing 15 months without symptoms and routine treatment,1 interest in the curative potential of the novel gene therapy administered to the teenager increased. However, the […]
Thomas Mueller, Head of Pharmaceuticals at the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), stated at the Pharma Pricing and Market Access Congress in London, February 2017, that the association of orphan drug status with high prices cannot continue and that the only way for orphan drug pricing to go is down. Yet, due to the small target […]