Novartis AG's Jakavi Turned Down by National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Blood Cancer

Published: Feb 13, 2013

A new drug from Novartis for myelofibrosis, a rare blood cancer, is not worth using on the state health service, Britain's healthcare cost watchdog said on Wednesday. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said it had issued new draft guidance not recommending Jakavi because it could not be considered a cost-effective use of resources. The drug costs 3,600 pounds ($5,600) for a 60-tablet pack, corresponding to an annual cost of approximately 43,200 pounds per patient. Jakavi, which was licensed from Incyte, was given a marketing authorisation in Europe last August.

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