Ensifentrine has a novel mechanism of action for an inhaled therapy; treatment would achieve common thresholds for cost-effectiveness if priced between $7,500 to $12,700 per year —

BOSTON, May 30, 2024 – The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) today posted its revised Evidence Report assessing the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of ensifentrine (Verona Pharma) for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“COPD is a common cause of severe respiratory problems,” said ICER’s Chief Medical Officer, David Rind, MD. “People with COPD can experience persistent shortness of breath and fatigue that can significantly affect their daily activities. Current evidence shows that ensifentrine decreases exacerbations when used in combination with some current inhaled therapies and is well-tolerated by patients, but there are uncertainties about how much benefit it may add to unstudied combinations of inhaled treatments.”

This Evidence Report will be reviewed at a virtual public meeting of the Midwest CEPAC (Midwest CEPAC) on June 14, 2024. The Midwest CEPAC is one of ICER’s three independent evidence appraisal committees comprising medical evidence experts, practicing clinicians, methodologists, and leaders in patient engagement and advocacy.

A draft version of this report was previously open for a four-week public comment period. The updated Evidence Report and voting questions reflect changes made based on comments received from individuals living with COPD and patient groups, clinicians, drug manufacturers, and other stakeholders. Detailed responses to public comments can be found here.

Key Clinical Findings

ICER does not have significant concerns about harms with ensifentrine. We have high certainty that ensifentrine added to maintenance therapy, compared with maintenance therapy alone, results in at least a small net health benefit, and may result in substantial net health benefit (“B+”). We have somewhat greater certainty in the benefits when ensifentrine is added to the regimens studied in the clinical trials than when added to optimized modern inhaler therapies for COPD.

Key Cost-Effectiveness Findings

Ensifentrine has not yet been approved by the FDA, and the manufacturer has not announced a US price if approved. ICER has calculated a health-benefit price benchmark (HBPB) for ensifentrine to be between $7,500 to $12,700 per year.

ICER’s HBPB is a price range suggesting the highest US price a manufacturer should charge for a treatment, net of all rebates and discounts, based on the amount of improvement in overall health patients receive from that treatment, when a higher price would cause disproportionately greater losses in health among other patients in the health system due to rising overall costs of health care and health insurance. In short, it is the top price range at which a health system can reward innovation and better health for patients without doing more harm than good.

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.