National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Health written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of John Leech John Leech Liberal Democrat, Manchester, Withington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) whether he plans to establish an orphan medicines appraisal process for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence;

(2) what recent discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the adequacy of the health technology appraisal process for appraising (a) orphan medicines and (b) treatments for rarer cancers.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) already appraises orphan medicines where these meet the published criteria for referral and we have no plans to establish a separate appraisal process within NICE. Neither have there been any recent discussions with NICE on these issues. NICE consults periodically on its technology appraisal processes, and last did so in 2008-09.

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