Market access update
Market access update
Based on the drugs that have passed the preliminary review, prioritization of rare disease is still high up on the radar for NRDL in 2022. Nineteen drugs for rare diseases have passed the preliminary review, the highest number since 2020. This follows the positive inclusion decision received by rare disease drugs nusinersen (Biogen’s spinal muscular atrophy therapy) and tafamidis (Pfizer’s heart drug) for coverage in NRDL 2021 last year.
Adding to the innovative rare disease focus, tumor agnostic treatments seem to be getting a fair amount of representation as well this year. Multiple tumor agnostic treatments such as (also targeting MSI-H or dMMR tumors) are all up for negotiation this year, reinforcing China’s recent commitment towards bringing innovative treatments to market.
Although China’s approach to improved funding of innovative originator products has been largely seen as a step in the right direction, global pharmaceutical companies are wary of the low success rate and the increasing pricing pressures (which is likely to be further compounded by the increase in healthcare expenditure due to the COVID-19 pandemic). A quick look at the NRDL 2022 shortlist of drugs that have passed preliminary review will make it clear that reimbursement of domestic products is still the main focus of the NRDL with the majority of the drugs on the shortlist coming from local manufacturers.
The jury is still out on how big an impact – if any – the ability to demonstrate innovation and economic value will have on reimbursement decisions.
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