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Precision Oncology Policy & Legislation

News on government policy and legislation impacting life science and diagnostics.

NICE is reversing its earlier negative recommendation for the lung cancer drug after AstraZeneca agreed to provide it at a discount.

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.

The groups have written draft recommendations and are now asking for public comment from pathologists and other stakeholders.

Based on cost-effectiveness estimates and a lack of comparison against afatinib, NICE will recommend against using osimertinib for first-line treatment of NSCLC.  

The guidance is meant to help provide the pharma industry, researchers, and IRBs with information to facilitate studies of oncology drugs for pediatric patients.