LONDON Nov 25 A costly blood cancer pill sold
in Europe by Johnson & Johnson will be made routinely
available to certain patients in Britain with chronic
lymphocytic leukaemia, after the U.S. company agreed to cut the
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
said on Friday the discount offered by J&J meant it could now
recommend Imbruvica as offering value for money to the state-run
The move comes as NICE reappraises all drugs covered by the
Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), which was overhauled earlier this year.
Other companies including Novartis, Pfizer,
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eisai have also
offered discounts to ensure drugs previously covered by the CDF
are used routinely on the National Health Service (NHS).
The list price for a year's supply of Imbruvica is more than
55,000 pounds ($68,000) per patient. The size of the NHS
discount is being kept confidential.
($1 = 0.8030 pounds)
(Reporting by Ben Hirschler; Editing by Adrian Croft)