National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics

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NCPE Ireland

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) for Adjuvant melanoma

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) as monotherapy is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of adults with Stage III melanoma and lymph node involvement who have undergone complete resection.

NCPE Assessment Process Complete
Rapid review commissioned 19/11/2018
Rapid review completed 07/12/2018
Rapid Review outcome A full HTA is recommended to assess the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of pembrolizumab compared with the current standard of care.
Full pharmacoeconomic assessment commissioned by the HSE 19/12/2018
Pre-submission consultation with Applicant 14/01/2019
Submission received from Applicant 16/07/2019
Preliminary review sent to Applicant 13/11/2019
NCPE assessment recommenced 12/12/2019
Factual Accuracy sent to Applicant 01/04/2020
NCPE assessment recommenced 08/04/2020
NCPE assessment complete 15/05/2020
NCPE assessment outcome The NCPE recommends that pembrolizumab be considered for reimbursement if cost-effectiveness can be improved relative to existing treatments*.

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*This recommendation should be considered while also having regard to the criteria specified in the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.

The HSE has approved reimbursement following confidential price negotiations May 2021.