National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Backs Roche's MabThera in Rare Autoimmune Disease

Published: Oct 03, 2013

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The draft guidance overturns an earlier decision made by NICE which failed to recommend the use of MabThera (rituximab) for NHS use in England and Wales to treat anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis – an inflammation of the blood vessels. It also comes against a series of negative NICE decisions for Roche, primarily involving its cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab), which prompted the pharma company to challenge NICE's process to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of medicines.

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