NICE clears Pierre Fabre’s targeted melanoma combo to take on Novartis, Roche drugs

Source: Fierce Pharma, February 2019

Thanks to new guidance from England’s drug cost watchdog, Novartis and Roche will be getting some fresh targeted melanoma competition from French pharma lab Pierre Fabre.

In guidance published Friday, England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence signed off on Pierre Fabre’s combo of Braftovi and Mektovi to treat adult patients with unresectable or metastatic BRAF V600 mutation-positive melanoma. The drugs won European approval in September and are challenging the Swiss cancer drug giants, which market Tafinlar/Mekinist and Zelboraf, respectively.

NICE endorsed the Pierre Fabre meds as cost-effective under a commercial arrangement that includes a confidential discount. According to NICE, Braftovi costs £1,400 for 42 tablets and Mektovi costs £2,240 for 84 tablets. Pierre Fabre, which developed the combo, has global rights to the drugs outside of select markets.

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