The November 2022 PBAC meeting has recommended the following biologics for PBS listing:
- Sanofi-Aventis’ dupilumab (Dupixent®) autoinjectors in two new forms for the same indications as the currently listed pre-filled syringe, to treat chronic severe atopic dermatitis and uncontrolled severe asthma in patients aged 12 years and older.
- Merck’s pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) for the treatment of persistent, recurrent, or metastatic (Stage IVB) squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and adenosquamous carcinoma of the cervix in patients whose tumours express PD-L1 combined positive score equal to or greater than 1. This is further to pre-existing listing for unresectable Stage III or Stage IV malignant melanoma, resected Stage IIIB, Stage IIIC or Stage IIID malignant melanoma, relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma, Stage IV (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer, locally advanced (Stage III) or metastatic (Stage IV) urothelial cancer, relapsed or refractory primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma, unresectable or metastatic deficient mismatch repair colorectal cancer and recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, pharynx or larynx.
- Pfizer’s pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine, for the prevention of pneumococcal disease in individuals with an at-risk condition (≥ 18 years), non-Indigenous adults aged ≥ 70 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged ≥ 25 years. This was the first submission of the vaccine for the proposed vaccination populations.
- AbbVie’s risankizumab (Skyrizi®) (which was on the July 2022 PBAC meeting agenda but a decision was deferred to November 2022) to treat adults with severe Crohn’s disease, who have failed to achieve an adequate response, or are contraindicated, to prior systemic therapy, further to pre-existing listing for treatment for severe chronic plaque psoriasis