Appendix B: Sources of evidence considered by the Committee

Appendix B: Sources of evidence considered by the Committee

A. The assessment report for this appraisal was prepared by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and the Centre for Health Economics – University of York.

  • Chambers D, Epstein D, Walker S et al. Endovascular stents for abdominal aortic aneurysms: a systematic review and economic model, April 2008.

B. The following organisations accepted the invitation to participate in this appraisal. They were invited to comment on the draft scope, assessment report and the appraisal consultation document (ACD). Organisations listed in I and II were also invited to make written submissions and have the opportunity to appeal against the final appraisal determination.

I) Manufacturers/sponsors:

  • Cook (UK) Limited (The Zenith AAA Endovascular Graft with H&L-B One-Shot Introduction System)

  • Le Maitre Ltd (UniFit Aorto-uni-iliac Endoluminal Stent Graft, POWERLINK) (UK Distributor Le Maitre Ltd, manufactured by Endologix)

  • Lombard Medical Cardiovascular Devices Division (The Aorfix AAA Stent–graft)

  • Medtronic Ltd (The TALENT Endoluminal Occluder System and the TALENT AUI Stent Graft with the Xcelerant Delivery System)

  • Vascutek (Anaconda AAA Stent Graft System) (declined to participate)

  • WL Gore and Associates (UK) Ltd (The EXCLUDER Endoprosthesis)

II) Professional/specialist and patient/carer groups:

  • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

  • British Cardiac Patients Association

  • British Heart Foundation

  • British Society for Endovascular Therapy

  • British Society of Interventional Radiology


  • Royal College of Nursing

  • Royal College of Physicians (Cardiology Committee)

  • The Vascular Society

III) Other consultees

  • Department of Health

  • North West Specialised Commissioning Group

  • Welsh Assembly Government

IV) Commentator organisations (did not provide written evidence and without the right of appeal)

  • NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

  • NHS Supply Chain

  • WL Gore (BIFURCATED GORE-TEX® STRETCH Vascular Grafts, GORE-TEX® STRETCH Vascular Grafts – Standard-Walled Large Diameter)

C. The following individuals were selected from clinical specialist and patient advocate nominations from the non-manufacturer/sponsor consultees and commentators. They participated in the Appraisal Committee discussions and provided evidence to inform the Appraisal Committee's deliberations. They gave their expert personal view on endovascular stent–grafts for abdominal aortic aneurysms by attending the initial Committee discussion and/or providing written evidence to the Committee. They were invited to comment on the ACD.

  • Professor Roger Greenhalgh, Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College London (clinical specialist)

  • Mr Peter Taylor, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (clinical specialist)

  • Professor Matt Thompson, British Society for Endovascular Therapy (clinical specialist)

  • Mrs Anne Cheetham – nominated by the Vascular Society/Circulation Foundation (patient expert)

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)