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NICE recommends Kisqali plus fulvestrant to treat hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer.-Novartis

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Published:27th Feb 2021
Draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends ribociclib plus fulvestrant as an option for treating a type of breast cancer called hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer. The combination is recommended for adults who have had previous endocrine therapy and where exemestane plus everolimus is the most appropriate alternative treatment. Taken once-daily in pill form, ribociclib is a type of drug called a cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitor. These work by inhibiting proteins in cancer cells, thereby preventing the cells from dividing and growing. The committee heard from patients that they value improvements in progression-free survival and want to delay chemotherapy for as long as possible. They also heard that the different side effects of each of the CDK4/6 inhibitors, which are generally less toxic than the combination of exemestane and everolimus, mean that people would like to have a range of treatment options available to them. Ribociclib has been available through the Cancer Drugs Fund since 2019 while more evidence was collected to address uncertainties around how much it extends overall survival and its cost-effectiveness. The new evidence shows that, compared with fulvestrant alone, people taking ribociclib plus fulvestrant have longer before their disease gets worse and also live longer. The treatment could be an option for up to 3,300 women. Subject to appeal, NICE’s final guidance will be published in March 2021.
Condition: Breast Cancer HER2-
Type: drug

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