NICE’s technical team invited stakeholders with an interest in the treatment of erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP)
SCENESSE® evaluated as part of the Highly Specialised Technologies Programme (HST) in UK
HST Programme review of relatively high cost - low volume technology
Evaluation of the drug as an innovative therapy for unmet clinical need in a rare disorder
SCENESSE® to be available in trained and accredited expert EPP centres in the UK
EPP patients acknowledged to be impaired due to light deprivation and isolation
Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Limited (ASX: CUV; XETRA-DAX: UR9; ADR: CLVLY) today announced that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has held a public workshop to scope the benefits and costs of SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg) in the treatment of adult patients with the rare disorder erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP).1 This workshop is one of the last steps prior to national commissioning of the treatment by the National Health Service (NHS) England. The company was invited, alongside representatives of the EPP patient community and clinical experts and scientists to discuss the benefits of Clinuvel’s drug SCENESSE® and its characterisation as a Highly Specialised Technology (HST) in England. The meeting included a review of the specific burden of EPP (on patients’ lives), the number of treatment centres in the UK, patients eligible for treatment, and the lack of a standard of care.National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)NICE is the authority in England responsible for evaluating reimbursement of new treatments to be made available under the NHS, and its function is to provide a brief and recommendation to the Department of Health. The objective of the meeting was to agree on the remit and characterisation of the relatively high cost - low volume treatment as an innovative and specialised technology to be introduced in England. SCENESSE® is being proposed for review as a HST, consistent with its use in a rare genetic disorder and limited to distribution in trained and accredited expert EPP centres. NICE’s HST team will use feedback from the workshop to finalise a remit for final assessment by the Department of Health.2Relevant to the meeting is that ministers in the UK have to formally refer selected health topics and new treatments back to NICE for evaluation under the Highly Specialised Technology Programme. This makes the reimbursement process in the UK different from most European countries.Commentary“It has been refreshing to experience how NICE is involving all relevant stakeholders in the reimbursement discussion for SCENESSE® as a therapy for EPP,” Clinuvel’s CEO, Dr Philippe Wolgen said. “We left the meeting with a feeling of confidence that the technology advisors and executive management of NICE had done ample diligence on disease burden and therapeutic effectiveness, which are essential considerations for decisions on reimbursement.“Patients and expert physicians were animated and spoke uninhibited about their ordeal and the clinical effect of the SCENESSE® treatment.” Dr Wolgen said. - End -1 SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg) is approved in Europe as an orphan medicinal product for the prevention of phototoxicity in adult patients with EPP. Information on the product can be found on Clinuvel’s website at www.clinuvel.com.
2 More information on the HST process can be found at https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/our-programmes/nice-guidance/nice-highly-specialised-technologies-guidance.
About Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Limited
Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX: CUV; XETRA-DAX: UR9; ADR: CLVLY) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drugs for the treatment of a range of severe disorders. With its unique expertise in understanding the interaction of light and human skin, the company has identified patient populations with a clinical need for photoprotection and for repigmentation. The worldwide prevalence of these patient groups range from 5,000 to 45 million. Clinuvel’s lead compound, SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg), was approved by the European Commission in 2014 for the prevention of phototoxicity (anaphylactoid reactions and burns) in adult patients with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP).
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Clinuvel has operations in Europe, Switzerland, the US and Singapore.
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