Medical Device Market Access: What are the pro’s and cons of seeking NICE approval using the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme?
In England, market access for innovative medical devices is a less structured pathway than it is for pharmaceuticals. In most instances, it is the manufacturer’s prerogative to decide which access route is most suitable for their device and diagnostic. If they choose to, manufacturers can follow a local or regional Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) driven approach, where their product is adopted incrementally on an individual CCG-by-CCG basis. While not a mandatory requirement, it is possible for the manufacturer to put forward their device for NICE assessment. Alternatively, physicians or CCGs can request a NICE evaluation, or it can be identified proactively by NICE themselves. This article will look at why manufacturers may choose to submit their product rather than solely pursuing a local, CCG-driven approach.
NICE appraisal approach
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has several different programs, depending on the type of technology to be assessed (i.e. […]