5 Implementation

5.1 Section 7(6) of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Constitution and Functions) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Functions) Regulations 2013 requires clinical commissioning groups, NHS England and, with respect to their public health functions, local authorities to comply with the recommendations in this appraisal within 3 months of its date of publication.

5.2 The Welsh Assembly Minister for Health and Social Services has issued directions to the NHS in Wales on implementing NICE technology appraisal guidance. When a NICE technology appraisal recommends the use of a drug or treatment, or other technology, the NHS in Wales must usually provide funding and resources for it within 3 months of the guidance being published.

5.3 When NICE recommends a treatment 'as an option', the NHS must make sure it is available within the period set out in the paragraphs above. This means that, if a patient has active psoriatic arthritis and the doctor responsible for their care thinks that certolizumab pegol or secukinumab are the right treatments, it should be available for use, in line with NICE's recommendations.

5.4 The Department of Health and Novartis have agreed that secukinumab will be available to the NHS with a patient access scheme which makes it available with a discount. The size of the discount is commercial in confidence. The Department of Health and UCB Pharma have agreed that certolizumab pegol will be available to the NHS with a patient access scheme. UCB Pharma will provide the first 12 weeks of certolizumab pegol free of charge, which is equivalent to 10 vials. It is the responsibility of the companies to communicate details of the patient access scheme to the relevant NHS organisations. Any enquiries from NHS organisations about the patient access scheme for secukinumab should be directed to the Novartis Commercial Operations team on 0127 669 8717 or commercial.team@novartis.com and for certolizumab pegol should be directed to Kerry Donnelly (Kerry.Donnelly@ucb.com).

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)