UK's NICE OKs BMS' Opdivo-Yervoy Combo In Advanced Skin Cancer
The UK HTA has recommended Bristol-Myers Squibb's combination therapy of Opdivo and Yervoy to treat patients on the publicly-funded NHS with advanced skin cancer, marking one of the quickest decisions ever from NICE and issued only weeks after the combo was licensed by the EU's European Commission.
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BMS looks unlikely to have a positive NICE opinion synchronized with European approval of Opdivo in head and neck cancer, after the HTA body turned down the checkpoint inhibitor in its draft appraisal.
The UK HTA NICE in draft guidance has rejected Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s Opdivo (nivolumab) as a therapy for previously treated advanced renal cell carcinoma in adults, saying the PD-1 inhibitor doesn't offer value for money. It added that it should also not be made available to such patients through the government-funded Cancer Drugs Fund, for the same reasons.
NICE has again said no to Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo, this time for locally advanced or metastatic non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer in adults already treated with chemotherapy. The company had suggested different pricing proposals to try and make the drug more cost-effective, but it may fare better if it focuses on certain patient populations.