New Publication: Assessing Evidence and Access Associated with NICE HTA Decisions Categorised as “Recommended in Line with Clinical Practice”

Just published is a new OHE Research Paper entitled: An Analysis of NICE Technology Appraisal Decisions “Recommended in Line with Clinical Practice”.  The paper is authored by OHE’s Phill O’Neill, Amanda Cole and Nancy Devlin, in collaboration with Aurea Duran of Astellas (Pfizer at the time of research).

The study examines all 89 HTA decisions where NICE have classified the outcome as Recommended in Line with Clinical Practice (RiLCP) published between 2007 and June 2016.  First, a qualitative assessment of documentation associated with RiLCP decisions to create a framework to describe common themes and criteria used to reach those decisions. Second, the level of patient access associated with each RiLCP decision using a previously developed method – the ‘M’ score – was undertaken. We believe that this is the first systematic assessment of this class of decisions.

In 40 out of 89 cases clinical/cost-effectiveness was identified as the prime motivation for limiting the patient population (relative to marketing authorisation). Using the previously developed ‘M’ score method for measuring the level of access associated with RiLCP decisions, we estimate that, relative to license, an average of 53 out of 100 patients were recommended as suitable for treatment.

Together, the nature of the evidence used to influence recommendations and the level of access associated with them suggests that, for many of these decisions, it is difficult to distinguish between RiLCP and ‘optimised’ recommendations. In these instances restrictions are being placed on the use of innovative medicines, and reported in a way that is not readily transparent that this is the case.

This paper builds on research originally funded by Pfizer ltd.

Access the OHE Research Paper here.

For more information about OHE’s research on this topic, contact Phill O’Neill.   

Related publications:

O'Neill P, Devlin N., 2010. An analysis of NICE's 'restricted' or 'optimized' decisions. Pharmacoeconomics, 28: 987-93.

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