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The challenge of approving add-on therapies for patients with metastatic cancer

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Published: 05.07.17
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Dr David Montgomery, Alexander Smith

Dr David Montgomery (Medical Director, Pfizer, UK) and Alexander Smith (Pfizer, UK) speak about the complexities of health economics and how they affect access to medicine in the UK, particularly for add-on treatments.

The video explores the different equations used by NICE to evaluate cost effectiveness for drugs for combination therapies compared to a simple side-by-side judgement of monotherapies.

The video sets out to explain the QALY measurement (Quality Adjusted Life Year) and the Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio (ICER) with examples worked through the NICE process. 

Dr Montgomery sets out to demonstrate the problems in the current system used by NICE which means that new therapies are not being authorised for use by the NHS.

Dr Montgomery calls for a debate on how immuno-oncology and personalised medicine treatments are assessed going forward.

This film has been developed and funded by Pfizer Ltd.

Read more about how to shape personalised medicine policy here.

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