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The guideline, in effect for three months, gives access to many molecularly informed indications that NICE previously found not cost-effective or that it hasn't yet reviewed.

NICE reversed an earlier decision and issued a positive recommendation after Bayer discounted the price of the drug.

The institute has recommended the drug as a cost-effective use of NHS resources following submission of new evidence and reflecting a confidential price discount arrangement.

breast cancer patient taking chemotherapy

Although a draft guidance last month recommended against use of molecular tests to guide chemotherapy, the group's finalized decision is subject to price negotiation and other adjustments.

An assessment concluded that Oncotype Dx has not demonstrated a significant enough impact on outcomes or cost effectiveness compared to current practice.