12. June 2012 14:24
NICE has launched a second consultation on the use of Xgeva (denosumab) for the treatment of cancer patients with bone metastases after again recommending its use on the NHS.
An independent Appraisal Committee heard evidence from clinical experts during the original consultation on the draft guidance on current UK clinical practice concerning its comparison to existing options.
As a result, the latest draft guidance now recommends Xgeva for adults with bone metastases from breast cancer and those with solid tumours other than breast and prostate only if certain other bisphosphonates would otherwise be prescribed.
The updated guidance also states the treatment must be supplied under the terms of an agreed Patient Access Scheme, and that Xgeva is not recommended for preventing skeletal-related events in those with bone metastases from prostate cancer.
Professor Carole Longson, Director of the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation at NICE, said feedback from clinical experts “shed new light on the original recommendations”.
Earlier draft guidance recommended the treatment in people with bone metastasis from breast cancer; people with painful bone metastasis from hormone-refractory prostate cancer when treatment has failed; and for those with bone metastasis from other solid tumours for whom zoledronic acid is indicated.
The appraisal is considering the treatment as an alternative to bisphosphonates and as an alternative to best supporting care where they are not used.
Comments are now being invited by NICE and its Appraisal Committee on the updated draft guidance.