Government pushes forward with review to speed up availability of innovative medicines and treatments

Two posts in one day!  Ah, those were the days when we got two Post Office deliveries a day….

Just to say the Government has published the full terms of reference for its Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review to be headed up by Sir Hugh Taylor who is currently Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’s.  Yes, that’s the very same review I said this morning would be out any time soon.  Only it happened yesterday!

The remit is comprehensive and the door is very much open to patients and patient groups to give their views.  The specific para of relevance here is as follows:

‘Consider how to ensure patient trust in the regulation and assessment of medicines and medical technology, and recognise the importance of the patient voice and role of medical research charities as both sponsors and beneficiaries of innovation.’

The review is being supported by the Wellcome Trust – in other words they are doing the legwork – and there is a short blog on their website here.  They haven’t announced the other members of the review panel nor details of how it will work. We will learn more in due course.

I think Hugh Pym at the BBC has written a good piece here on the significance of the review for the future of medical research and speedier access to medicines for patients.

Also this from law firm Pinsent Masons which highlights the review focus on digital technologies.

 

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