June 17, 2013
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Iluvien meets cost-effectiveness threshold for pseudophakic DME patients, NICE panel finds

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The appraisal committee of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the United Kingdom determined a patient access scheme for Iluvien meets the cost-effectiveness threshold for treatment of pseudophakic patients with chronic diabetic macular edema, according to a news release.

The patient access scheme for Iluvien (sustained-release fluocinolone acetonide, Alimera Sciences) was proposed after NICE issued guidance in January that it could not recommend the treatment based on cost-effectiveness.

The committee said the patient access scheme shows the cost-effectiveness threshold has been met and recommended a change to the published guidance.

The U.K., Austria, France, Portugal, Spain and Germany have granted national licenses for Iluvien after Alimera successfully completed the decentralized procedure. The treatment has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.