ICER Posts Draft Scoping Document for the Assessment of Treatments for Beta Thalassemia

— Document open to public comment until January 27, 2020 –

BOSTON, January 6, 2020 – The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has posted a Draft Scoping Document outlining a planned review of the comparative clinical effectiveness and value treatments for LentiGlobin (Bluebird Bio) and luspatercept-aamt (Reblozyl®, Acceleron Pharma Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb / Celgene)  for the treatment of beta thalassemia. LentiGlobin is an investigational gene therapy currently marketed in Europe under the brand name Zynteglo®; an FDA decision regarding potential US approval is expected by late 2020. Luspatercept-aamt was approved by the FDA in November 2019.

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments and suggested refinements to the scope to ensure all perspectives are adequately considered. Comments can be submitted by email to publiccomments@icer-review.org and must be received by 5 PM ET on January 27, 2020. All comments submitted must meet ICER’s formatting specifications.

ICER’s Patient Participation Guide and Manufacturer Engagement Guide provide additional guidance for submitting public comments, including suggestions for what types of information may be most useful.

In addition to comments on the scope, ICER also welcomes submissions from stakeholders on examples of low-value care practices within this clinical area. These submissions will inform a report section focused on strategies to reduce waste and preserve resources for high-value, potentially higher-cost treatments. More information is available in the scoping document.

Following the public comment period, a revised scoping document will be posted on or about February 4, 2020.

About ICER

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is an independent non-profit research institute that produces reports analyzing the evidence on the effectiveness and value of drugs and other medical services. ICER’s reports include evidence-based calculations of prices for new drugs that accurately reflect the degree of improvement expected in long-term patient outcomes, while also highlighting price levels that might contribute to unaffordable short-term cost growth for the overall health care system.

ICER’s reports incorporate extensive input from all stakeholders and are the subject of public hearings through three core programs: the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF), the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (Midwest CEPAC), and the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (New England CEPAC). These independent panels review ICER’s reports at public meetings to deliberate on the evidence and develop recommendations for how patients, clinicians, insurers, and policymakers can improve the quality and value of health care. For more information about ICER, please visit ICER’s website.