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Sovaldi may be cost-effective, but the U.K. can't afford it, documents say

Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drug Sovaldi may be worth the sticker price. But it's too expensive for the U.K.'s health system to bear. That's the assessment in some National Health Service documents obtained by the Health Service Journal.

NICE likes Lundbeck's alcohol-addiction drug Selincro

Lundbeck has gotten a recommendation from the U.K. cost watchdog for its alcohol-addiction drug Selincro. It is estimated that there are about 600,000 potential users in the U.K. A final decision is slated for fall.

NICE denies Pfizer lung cancer drug in final draft guidance

In the past, the U.K.'s cost-effectiveness gatekeeper has shown that it will bend preliminary draft guidance decisions if the price is right. But for Pfizer, which slashed costs on its targeted lung cancer drug Xalkori in hopes of gaining recommendation for its use in Britain's National Health Service, that price wasn't low enough.

Covance teams with U.K.'s NHS Trust on Phase I trials

Covance has formed an alliance with Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to conduct early clinical trials for biotech and pharma clients.

U.K.'s NHS considers commercial services; Big Pharma intrigued

In a move to generate revenue in a down economy, the U.K.'s National Health Service is planning to offer its services abroad, looking to work with international CROs, pharma companies and healthcare providers.

U.K. drug costs drop as blockbusters go off patent

On the heels of news that drug spending in the U.S. rose last year, the U.K. reports a decline in its pharma costs, thanks to blockbuster medications that lost patent protection.

NICE eyes NHS formularies for excluded drugs

The U.K.'s cost-effectiveness watchdog doesn't want its advice to go unheeded. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will review National Health Service formularies, which vary

Will NHS use of Avastin spark a price cut for Lucentis?

The ongoing saga of Roche's eye drug Lucentis and its involuntary competition with sister drug Avastin has taken a new turn. Regional officials with the U.K.'s National Health Service are approving

NHS overspent on modern insulins, BMJ suggests

In this austerity-minded era, the idea that a government might be overspending on drugs catches a lot of attention--especially if that spending might be unnecessary. So, expect a new study from the

U.K. accuses Servier of generic-blocking, sues for £220M

The pay-for-delay battle is now in U.K. court. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has sued the French drugmaker Servier for £220 million ($361.3 million), claiming that the company blocked generic