Bayer's Vitrakvi Is EU’s First Tumor-Agnostic Treatment
The German group's cancer drug is the first to be approved for use in Europe for a wide range of tumors. The principal challenge now is to find eligible patients.
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Vitrakvi is the first in a new generation of tumor-agnostic drugs to be made available on the NHS after Bayer and NICE finally reached agreement over pricing and access while more data is collected on its clinical effectiveness.
Bayer’s drive to lead a new market opportunity in Europe for histology-independent cancer agents like Vitrakvi has been set back by interim decisions from the UK’s NICE and Germany’s IQWiG, but there is a now a clear pathway to follow.
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