NICE emphasises requirement for more cannabis related research

NICE has published its new draft recommendations on the use of cannabis-based medicinal products, following a comprehensive evaluation of their clinical and cost-effectiveness. The organisation says that the recommendation of fast-tracked guidance follows the re-classification of these products last year to allow specialist doctors to ‘prescribe them where the clinical needs of patients cannot be

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CHMP recommend Shire’s rare disease treatment for use in EU

EMA’s CHMP committee has recommended Shire’s Lanadelumab, a new rare disease treatment which has blockbuster potential. Lanadelumab has been endorsed for prevention of recurrent attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) a rare, genetic disorder that results in recurring attacks of oedema in parts of the body, including the abdomen, face, feet, genitals, hands and throat. Laryngeal

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NHS approves combination skin cancer therapy from Novartis

NHS has three months to ensure that Novartis’ combination therapy dabrafenib/trametinib is routinely available to eligible skin cancer patients, after cost regulators published guidance backing funds for the treatment. NICE recommended the combination for use in patients with stage III BRAF V600 mutation-positive melanoma that has spread to lymph vessels, or lymph glands close to

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European Commission approved AZ’s treatment for locally advanced, unresectable NSCLC

AstraZeneca’s durvalumab has been approved in Europe for the treatment of locally-advanced, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The decision enables doctors to prescribe the drug for adults with stage III NSCLC whose tumours express PD-L1 on ≥1% of tumour cells and whose disease has not progressed following platinum-based chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CRT). The

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Three treatments by Ipsen, Eisai and Bayer for thyroid cancer all recommended for NHS use by NICE

NICE has recommend that three separate treatments for thyroid cancer should be made available for use on the NHS: Ipsen’s Cometriq, Bayer’s Nexavar, and Eisai’s Lenvima. The former two were previously only available via the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), and Eisai’s finally gains approval after delays of over two years. Eisai’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor was

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