Article in the Telegraph
"The Conservatives are pledging to overhaul the system if elected. Mr Lansley said: "Instead of the NHS denying access to drugs because they say it's not cost effective - as NICE has done recently with four kidney cancer drugs - we should encourage the NHS to use new medicines which are clinically effective, and agree subsequently to pay the drugs companies according to the therapeutic benefit.
"In other words, drugs companies should only be paid according to the benefits that a drug brings to patients. NICE should be involved in this process, working with drug companies to set fair prices for new medicines - rather than refusing new treatments which it deems too expensive."
Mr Lansley says there are already small-scale examples of drugs companies agreeing to be paid on results. For example, he draws attention to a constituent of his who needed a drug to treat bone marrow cancer. Johnson & Johnson, the drug's manufacturer, agreed with the Department of Health to only be paid for the drug for patients where it has been successful.
The shadow Health Secretary said: "At the moment, everyone loses out - patients don't get new and potentially life saving drugs, the NHS can't innovate and meet the needs of patients, and drugs companies don't get the opportunity to introduce their new therapies…Every time a patient dies having been denied a new drug which should be available to them it is a tragedy."
He added: "The Government should act swiftly now to reform the system before any more people's lives are tragically cut short."The Conservative proposals, to be set out in a speech by Mr Lansley to the CBI today, are likely to be welcomed by patient groups and drug companies."
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