Big Changes to Cancer Drugs Fund as NICE Takes Over All UK Oncology Evaluations

After years of budget woes and disagreements about its place in the National Health Service (NHS), the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) will no longer be conducting reviews of oncology products. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will now be reviewing all new cancer drugs and significant changes in indications for existing drugs. NICE is amending its technology appraisal (TA) process to provide for some drugs to be temporarily funded through the CDF while companies seek further data to strengthen the evidence in favor of routine use. NICE is also placing greater emphasis on providing rapid access to cancer drugs and intends to publish guidance on cancer drugs within 90 days of marketing authorization.