5 Implementation

5 Implementation

5.1 When NICE recommends a treatment as an option for use within the Cancer Drugs Fund, NHS England will make it available according to the conditions in the managed access agreement. This means that, if a patient has chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and the doctor responsible for their care thinks that venetoclax is the right treatment, it should be available for use, in line with NICE's recommendations and the Cancer Drugs Fund criteria in the managed access agreement. Further information can be found in NHS England's Appraisal and funding of cancer drugs from July 2016 (including the new Cancer Drugs Fund) – A new deal for patients, taxpayers and industry.

5.2 The Welsh Ministers have issued directions to the NHS in Wales on implementing NICE technology appraisal guidance where the drug or treatment, or other technology is approved for use within the Cancer Drugs Fund. When a NICE technology appraisal guidance recommends the use of a drug or treatment, or other technology for use within the Cancer Drugs Fund, the NHS in Wales must usually provide funding and resources for it within 2 months of the first publication of the final appraisal determination or agreement of a managed access agreement by the NHS in Wales, whichever is the latter.

5.3 Venetoclax has been recommended according to the conditions in the managed access agreement. As part of this, NHS England and AbbVie have a commercial access agreement that makes venetoclax available to the NHS at a reduced cost. The financial terms of the agreement are commercial in confidence. Any enquiries from NHS organisations about the commercial access agreement should be directed to pricing@abbvie.com.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)