Parliamentary Exchange on Medical Treatments and Rare Diseases – Answered 20th March 2017

Jim Shannon MP for Strangford asked the Secretary of State for Health, what products for rare and ultra-rare disease treatment have received European Medicines Agency marketing authorisation and orphan designation since 2013; and which of those products is routinely available to patients in England.

He also asked, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 56707, on diseases, how many of the 46 products that had received European Medicines Agency marketing authorisation and orphan designation since 2013 are undergoing assessment by NICE or NHS England; how many of those products are routinely commissioned in England; how many of those products received a positive evaluation through NICE’s technology appraisal system; and how many of the six products selected for the highly specialised technologies programme received a positive evaluation

To which Nicola Blackwood MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) replied:

Information on products that have received marketing authorisation and orphan designation since 2013 is contained in the attached table.

Since April 2013 there have been 48 drugs designated as orphan against 62 indications. Of these indications, 28 are routinely commissioned, of which:

  • eight are recommended in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal guidance;
  • three are recommended in NICE Highly Specialised Technologies guidance;
  • 11 are commissioned under an NHS England Policy; and
  • six are available through the Cancer Drugs Fund.
  • 26 indications are not currently routinely commissioned. Of these:
  • 15 are being assessed through NICE’s technology appraisal or highly specialised technologies work programmes;
  • four are on NHS England’s programme;
  • three are not launched in the United Kingdom; and
  • four are launched in the UK, but not currently being considered for routine funding.

Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for one of the remaining eight products and information is not held centrally on their availability. Information is not available on the remainder of products.

To see the attached table of orphan designated drugs that are routinely available, please click here

To read more about this, please click here for PQ 67797 and please click here for PQ 67798.

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Published on 22. March 2017 in News UK