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Nice backs Novartis’ lung cancer drug

Published on 20/05/16 at 09:39am

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has recommended Novartis’ (VTX: NOVN) Ceritinib (zykadia) as a treatment for lung cancer. 

Ceritinib has marketing authorisation in the UK as a treatment for anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Ceritinib is an ALK inhibitor. 

The company submission stated that the NHS list price is £4,923.45 for a 30-day supply. 

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK (2013), accounting for 13% of all new cases. It is the second most common cancer in both males (14% of all male cases) and females (12% of all female cases).

In 2013, there were 45,525 new cases of lung cancer in the UK: 24,481 (54%) in males and 21,044 (46%) in females. The crude incidence rate shows that there are 78 new lung cancer cases for every 100,000 males in the UK, and 65 for every 100,000 females.

Anjali Shukla

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