England may have been behind the U.S. in shining the light on financial ties between pharma and physicians, but that's changing. Not only will National Health Service doctors be required to declare all gifts they receive from drugmakers. They'll also face losing their jobs--or even jail--if pharma payments influence their work.
Startup Touch Bionics has launched its i-limb quantum, the first upper limb prosthesis that can change grips with a small gesture. The U.K.-based startup was the first spinoff from that country's National Health Service via Scottish Health Innovations in 2003. Founded by inventor David Gow, it is backed by Archangel Investors and Scottish Enterprise.
Drugmakers want market access and reimbursement for their new products as fast as possible, and now, the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is setting up an office with the same goal.
Johnson & Johnson's Janssen unit has agreed to offer England's National Health Service a money-back guarantee on its hep C fighter Olysio, even as the treatment won approval from the cost watchdog there.
Last week, British officials unveiled plans to toss out certain meds from the Cancer Drugs Fund, which covers drugs rejected by the country's cost-effectiveness gatekeepers. Now, the industry is calling for an overhaul in the way pricey cancer drugs are evaluated by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
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.
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.
In the past, the U.K.'s cost-effectiveness gatekeeper has shown that it will bend preliminary draft guidance decisions if the price is right.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 has formed an alliance with Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to conduct early clinical trials for biotech and pharma clients.
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.