Decision process re Evusheld preventative treatment

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Following last week’s announcement by Stephen Barclay that DHSC has decided not to rollout Evusheld treatment for the immunocompromised and immunosuppressed communities in Autumn 2022 (it being required to go through the lengthy NICE stages which mean spring/summer 2023 at the earliest), I would like to know the following regarding the decision making process used to come to this decision:
- who within DHSC made the decision? Was there a panel of members? If so please provide their names and areas if clinical/medical expertise.
- please provide details of the evidence /studies/tests considered in determining that the long term efficacy of Evusheld against the Omicron variant is not yet proven. (There are lab studies and long terms real life studies available that show it’s efficacy against Omicron which 32 other countries have chosen to follow )
- what factors were used in making the decision? Was economic cost one of the factors?
- why has Evusheld gone through a different process/order of events to all other Covid treatments ? Who made the decision for this?
- was consideration given to issuing immediate interim approval for Evusheld pending the full NICE review? Who was involved in this decision and what was their clinical/medical expertise ?
- I am aware that the COVID-19 Neutralising Monoclonal Antibodies (nMABs) and Antivirals Access Independent Advisory Group had generated the patient groups at highest clinical risk from Covid. I believe this group had no involvement in the decision not to rollout Evusheld for Autumn 2022. Please confirm.

I look forward to your response
Carole Waldon

Yours faithfully,

Carole Waldon

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I note that I have yet to receive a response to my FOI request regarding the “Decision Process re Evusheld Preventative Treatment”. This should normally have been done by 13th September 2022.

Please advise when I can expect to receive a reply. If there is a continued non-response, I will need to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner.

Yours faithfully,

Carole Waldon

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Ms Waldon,

Thank you for your email about your Freedom of Information request (ref: FOI-1415351).

We apologise for the length of time it has taken to process your FOI request. Unfortunately, the Department's response is not yet complete and we will issue our response as soon as possible.

Please accept our apologies for the delay.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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