Progress Report: EAMS A Limited Success But Could Do Better
The UK's Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) has been operational for two years, along with a "promising innovative medicine" (PIM) designation, to give patients timely access to new drugs for serious diseases before they are approved. The system has now been independently reviewed and Scrip talks to those in the industry that have first-hand experience of the process.
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The UK now urgently needs to leverage the uniqueness of its National Health System to attract global pharma companies and offset the anti-business message contained in Thursday's Brexit vote, and the government's imminent accelerated access review needs to contain the first elements of that objective, according to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.
Merck says its new drug for advanced melanoma, pembrolizumab, is expected to be made available in the UK very soon, after it became the first product to gain a scientific opinion under the UK's Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS).
The award of the UK's third "Promising Innovative Medicine" (PIM) designation, to Bristol-Myers Squibb's drug for advanced melanoma Opdivo (nivolumab), is clearly good news for the company and for patients. But it is also something of a vote of confidence in the UK's Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS), amid concerns that the costs of the scheme could deter some companies from using it.