Pfizer UK today welcomes the decision by NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to include a Pfizer anti-infective in trialling an innovative new ‘subscription-type’ reimbursement model for antibiotics in the UK.
We are pleased to have been involved since the inception of this pioneering initiative and believe that, ultimately, it will encourage more investment in the discovery of antibiotics to help protect the nation and encourage good stewardship practices across the healthcare system.
To reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), it is important that antibiotics are prescribed only when necessary and new antibiotics are often kept in reserve for later use or used infrequently to help slow resistance. However, the current system is based on volume, where pharmaceutical companies are reimbursed by the number of antibiotics used, making it challenging for companies to recover high antibiotic development costs whilst the healthcare system maintains good stewardship practices.
As we head towards 2050 – the year when AMR is predicted to cause 10 million deaths per year1 – it is widely agreed that it is time to reconsider the current volume-based payment system. A trial of a ‘subscription-type’ model and the subsequent move to an innovative health technology evaluation process, to be undertaken by NICE, will drive investment and innovation in the space, and help to support effective antibiotic diversity and stewardship.
Combatting the challenges of AMR requires a collaborative approach and Pfizer UK is extremely proud to be involved in this collaboration with the NHS. We are optimistic that this project could help to re-invigorate the anti-infectives research and development ecosystem in the UK and inspire change on a global scale.
- The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. Chaired by Jim O’Neill. Accessed Nov 2021.
PP-PFE-GBR-4215 / November 2021