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Medical Treatments

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many technologies have been considered for ministerial referral to the NICE High Specialised Technology programme in each of the last three years; and of those, how many were (1) accepted, (2) rejected, and (3) referred to other assessment processes for consideration.

Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of technologies expected to be considered for referral to the NICE Highly Specialised Technology assessment process over the next two years.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have made no estimate on the number of technologies expected to be considered for referral over the next two years.

The following table shows the number of technologies considered for ministerial referral to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Highly Specialised Technology (HST) programme in each of the last three years:

Financial year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18 (so far)

Accepted (HST guidance has started)

2

5

2

Rejected by NICE

1 (topic was not prioritised by NICE for guidance)

1

0

Referred to other assessment processes for consideration

1 (topic is now being developed under Single Technology Appraisal process)

2

0

Topic still under consideration by NICE

8

8

24

Company withdrew Marketing Authorisation for the indication/no longer pursuing a license in this indication

3

0

1

Total potential HST topics considered by NICE per financial year

15

16 (including 8 still under consideration from 2015/16)

27 (including 9 still under consideration from 2016/17)

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