UCB’s Bimekizumab Gets Fast-Track Funding For Severe Psoriasis In England
New HTA Route For “Low-Risk” Products Offers Rapid Patient Access
It may not yet be approved for marketing, but UCB’s potential blockbuster psoriasis drug has already got the all-clear from NICE, the health technology body that appraises new products for use in England and Wales.
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Eli Lilly’s new type 2 diabetes injectable treatment Mounjaro is the latest GLP-1 to secure reimbursement in England following a positive opinion from HTA body NICE. Roche’s lymphoma drug Columvi and a new indication for UCB’s Bimzelx were also backed in recent draft guidance.
The Brussels-based company's head of immunology has told Scrip that going into a crowded market against several highly effective biologics across different classes holds no fears for UCB despite some concerns that US prescribers will stick to what they know when it comes to psoriasis therapies.
The Scottish health technology appraisal body also OKd Janssen's Ponvory and new indications for AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso, Roche’s Tecentriq and MSD’s Keytruda. It also said it could not make recommendations on a number of drugs because manufacturers had not made a submission to the SMC.