1 Recommendations

1 Recommendations

1.1 Ibrutinib is not recommended, within its marketing authorisation, for treating Waldenstrom's macroglobulinaemia in adults who have had at least 1 previous therapy.

1.2 This recommendation is not intended to affect treatment with ibrutinib that was funded by the Cancer Drugs Fund before final guidance was published. If this applies, when that funding ends ibrutinib will be funded by the company until the patient and their NHS clinician consider it appropriate to stop.

Why the committee made these recommendations

This appraisal reviews the additional evidence collected as part of the Cancer Drugs Fund managed access agreement for ibrutinib for treating Waldenstrom's macroglobulinaemia in adults who have had at least 1 previous therapy (NICE technology appraisal guidance 491).

The new evidence includes data for ibrutinib from clinical trials and from people having treatment with ibrutinib in the NHS in the Cancer Drugs Fund. It shows that ibrutinib improves how long people live before their condition gets worse and how long they live for. But it is uncertain by how much it does this compared with chemoimmunotherapy.

The cost-effectiveness estimates for ibrutinib are higher than what NICE usually considers a cost-effective use of NHS resources. So, it is not recommended.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)