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Department of Health written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new (a) drugs and (b) treatments the NHS has approved in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on the number of recommendations on drugs and other treatments that have been made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) through its technology appraisal programme in each of the last five calendar years is provided in the following tables.

Drugs

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Recommended

23

12

19

30

38

Recommended for Cancer Drugs Fund1

0

0

0

0

1

Optimised (recommended for a subgroup of patients)

1

9

2

14

26

Only in Research

1

1

0

0

0

Source: NICE’s full list of all published technology appraisal guidance recommendations

Other Treatments

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Recommended

0

1

3

0

0

Recommended for Cancer Drugs Fund1

0

0

0

0

0

Optimised (recommended for a subgroup of patients)

0

0

2

0

0

Only in Research

0

0

0

0

0

Note: 1 New category of recommendation introduced in 2016 as part of the new operating framework for the Cancer Drugs Fund.

Source: NICE’s full list of all published technology appraisal guidance recommendations

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