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NICE clears front-line NHS use for Pfizers lung cancer drug Vizimpro

July 05, 2019 / Phil Taylor

Pfizer has stolen a march on rival AstraZeneca in the first-line non-small cell lung cancer category, after NICE backed the use of its EGFR inhibitor Vizimpro for NHS use. The once-daily pill will now be routinely available for adults with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), who have tested positive for the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation. Earlier, NICE rejected the drug on the grounds that it wasn’t a cost-effective use of NHS resources. AZ has not been so lucky, with the cost-effectiveness agency turning down its EGFR inhibitor Tagrisso (osimertinib) for the same indication, although the company has said it intends to appeal the decision. Pfizer has offered a discount on Vizimpro (dacomitinib), which was approved by the EMA in April and in the US last September. Its list price in the UK is £2,703 for a 30-day pack of capsules, but the agreed reduction is confidential. In a statement, NICE said Pfizer’s “responsib...