Cancer: Drugs

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Substitute Member), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates since 1 July 2014 NHS England has discussed with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reforming the way in which NICE assesses the cost-effectiveness of cancer drugs; what the content of those discussions was; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

I understand that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and NHS England met on 28 July, 4 August and 26 August to discuss arrangements for the Cancer Drugs Fund, including its interaction with the NICE appraisal process.

NICE recently consulted on options for better assessing the value of new drugs and is currently considering the responses to that exercise.

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