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U.K. gatekeepers toughest on cancer meds--and getting tougher all the time

The U.K.'s cost gatekeeper is notoriously strict when it comes to approving drugs, shooting down meds based on strict cost-effectiveness standards or saddling them with restrictions. But cancer drugs could face the toughest road ahead, as a new report shows that the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence is less likely to green-light the meds compared to other classes of drugs.

UPDATED: Merck's melanoma 'game-changer' Keytruda likely to bolster drug pricing debate

Analysts and doctors hailed the arrival of Merck's Keytruda, the first cancer drug in the U.S. to block the PD-1 pathway--a powerful new way to mobilize patients' immune systems to fight their disease. Then came this news: Merck said Keytruda (pembrolizumab) would cost $12,500 per patient per month, or $150,000 per year.

Payers beware: Bristol-Myers prices PD-1 cancer med at $143,000 in Japan

In cancer drug development, immunotherapies are hot, with none more closely watched than Bristol-Myers Squibb's nivolumab. Now, we have a window into the drug's future. What that glimpse tells us is that outsize cancer drug prices are about to rise even higher.

Mad at NICE's cancer drug rejections? Look to drugmakers, agency chief says

Political shilly-shallying about the cost of drugs has to end, the chief of the U.K.'s cost-effectiveness agency says. Government officials and politicians need to be up front with the public about one stark fact: The country's health service just can't afford every drug that can help patients.

The irrational rationale for cancer drug prices, with Novartis' Zykadia as exhibit A

Why do cancer drugs cost so much? We all know the stock answer--because companies need to recoup their development costs. Whether we believe it is something else, as Peter Bach of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes writes in Forbes.

Roche's Avastin and MabThera are added to list of those stolen in Italy

Authorities in Europe have added two Roche cancer drugs to their list of stolen meds that wholesalers and healthcare providers should be on the lookout for. That brings the tally to 5 drugs that the European Medicines Agency says should be closely examined for signs of tampering.

Amneal said to be negotiating to buy Indian sterile injectable manufacturer

Last week, drugmaker Hikma struck a deal to buy some of the sterile injectable assets of a Boehringer Ingelheim unit to expand in that growing part of the industry. Now, U.S.-based Amneal Pharmaceuticals is looking to India for a chance to exploit that niche of the market.

ASCO tackles a tough question: When is a cancer drug too pricey?

ASCO wants to provide oncologists with a scorecard they can use to determine when the benefits of a drug don't justify its cost. The first hints of how that scorecard is shaping up will be revealed starting today, at the annual ASCO conference in Chicago

Cancer drugs beware: Docs to get monthly paybacks for sticking to preferred meds

Payers have decided that formularies aren't enough, at least for cancer drugs. As the  Wall Street Journal  reports, insurers are revamping their reimbursement protocols to strip incentives for pricey meds--and introduce new ones for "preferred" treatments.

J&J, Roche, Celgene and others power new cancer-drug wave

In the world of cancer drugs, calling a new entry "the next Avastin" or "the next Gleevec" is like picking out the next Brad Pitt or the next Beyoncé. But that's just what the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics is doing in its latest report on the pharma business.