UK – NICE launches consultation on its methods of drug evaluation

The UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence is finally set to review its methods of evaluation for drugs, medical devices and diagnostics.

The health technology assessment (HTA) agency launched a public consultation last week on a proposal for changes to the methods it uses to evaluate potential medical treatments.

NICE uses the Quality-Adjusted Life Year (QALY) measure to determine whether or not a treatment is cost-effective, with the current threshold set at around £30,000 per QALY.

This formula weighs the cost of a potential drug for a year against the extension of life and improvement in the quality of life.

In addition, new cancer treatments can be approved via NICE’s Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) which was introduced in 2016.

Through the CDF, NICE can appraise drugs while providing interim funding for up to two years to give patients access to drugs that have either a draft recommendation for routine use on the NHS or a draft recommendation for use within the CDF…