Rare disease innovation fund axed by NHS England

In Clinical Development, Market Access by Tim Peplow

rare disease innovation fund nhs england (flickr: Images_of_Money)

Just two months after it was announced, NHS England has scrapped a £50m innovations commissioning fund that aimed to promote the early entry of new treatments for rare diseases into hospitals.

The fund was announced in August, following a review of innovation in the NHS launched by David Cameron.“It is becoming ever more essential to get your products tested and adopted in the NHS much more quickly” said Cameron, and the aim of the fund was to allow fund applicants to do exactly that. Now that the plug has been pulled, more than 600 applicants – including industry, patient groups and charities – that made submissions for funding will miss out.

NHS England said in an email to fund applicants that financial pressures meant the fund had to be suspended, but that it remained “committed to both leading and facilitating the uptake and spread of innovation”.

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