Up to 5,000 people in the UK require a kidney transplant due to renal failure each year, but only about 3,000 transplants can be performed each year and around 250 people die each year while waiting for a transplant. To close this gap, it is important to find ways to make better use of the organs currently available. This includes improving post-transplant care to increase the likelihood of a successful transplant and extending the duration of graft survival, with the ultimate goal of “one transplant for life”.
Henderson, N., Firth, I., Errea, M., Skedgel, C. and Jofre-Bonet, M.
Medicines for rare and ultra-rare conditions face distinct economic and ethical challenges compared to medicines for more common conditions. These challenges are implicitly acknowledged by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) by providing an auxiliary appraisal route for highly specialized technologies. However, concerns have been raised regarding the appraisals of medicines that don’t meet the strict criteria and are, therefore, evaluated via the standard appraisal route (STA).
Hitch, J., Firth, I., Hampson, G., Jofre-Bonet, M., Garau, M., Garrison, L. and Cookson, G.
The US spends significantly more on healthcare per person than other wealthy countries. H.R. 3 is a recent policy proposal aimed at reducing national spending on prescription drugs, one component of overall healthcare spending. Drug manufacturers would be required to negotiate prices with the US government, and prices would be capped at a level based on the prices of the drug in a set of foreign countries. Evaluation of a policy with such large potential impact on pharmaceutical revenues must consider potential negative effects on incentives to innovate.
Rodes Sanchez, M., Rachev, B., Spencer, J., Sharma, I., Tantri, A., Towse, A., Mitrovich, R. and Steuten, L.
By placing a strain on health care systems and the global economy, the COVID-19 pandemic clearly shows the need to more comprehensively understand both supply- and demand-side aspects of a “healthy” vaccines market that can meet public health demand over time and across dynamic events. The goal of a healthy vaccines market, as defined for this study, is to support sustainable innovation and equitable access to address public health needs.
Firth, I., Schirrmacher, H., Hampson, G. and Towse, A.
Early access schemes (EASs) can enable access to medicines prior to completion of the regulatory process. EASs allow national regulators to issue an initial positive assessment of the balance between benefits and risks for groups of patients on the basis of early clinical trial data. The main aim is to meet the needs of patients facing exceptional challenges i.e., those with seriously debilitating or life-threatening diseases and no satisfactory treatment alternative.
Firth, I., Schirrmacher, H., Zhang, K., Towse, A. and Hampson, G.
Gene therapies represent a paradigm shift in medicine, with the potential to address the root causes of chronic diseases. They offer one-time treatment regimens and, in some cases, potentially a cure. As a result, they offer transformative value for patients, physicians, health systems and society. However, with the prospect of more gene therapy approvals there is concern in Europe that these technologies could threaten the financial sustainability of health systems.
Berdud, M., Jofre-Bonet, M., Rodes-Sanchez, M., Towse, A.
After the shock caused by the first wave of COVID-19, discovering vaccines against the virus and administering them quickly to the population became the utmost priority worldwide, especially once subsequent waves of COVID-19 were inevitable. Not only incentivising the research on vaccines and authorising them quickly, but managing optimally the portfolio of vaccine candidates and establishing an efficient distribution plan became paramount to the success of this instrument.
We have now published an interactive report on our recent debate, The Promise of Gene Therapy: Are we Ready?
In a webinar held on 16 March 2021, Mary Harney, Annie Hubert and Simone Boselli joined OHE’s Adrian Towse to debate the issues surrounding the adoption of gene therapies. In the interactive report we highlight our 5 key takeaways from the debate with clips, quotes and highlights.