Speedy NICE Support For Eisai's Lenvima In Liver Cancer
It took NICE nearly three years to offer routine access to Lenvima for thyroid cancer but it has taken just three months from European approval to recommend the drug for advanced or unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma.
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Japan's Eisai is considering all options including legal action and reducing its investment in the UK to force NICE to make its potential blockbuster TKI cancer drug lenvatinib available sooner to patients with advanced thyroid cancer via the publicly-funded National Health Service.
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