Lord O’Shaughnessy has responded to a question from Lord Lansley on NHS England’s strategic commercial unit, as recommended in the Accelerated Access Review:
Lord Lansley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a strategic commercial unit will be established within NHS England, as recommended in the Accelerated Access Review, and if so, when.
Lord O’Shaughnessy: Consistent with recommendations set out in the Accelerated Access Review, NHS England continues to develop its commercial capacity and capability in relation to medicines procurement as well as the negotiation of bespoke commercial access arrangements for high cost drugs. As part of this, the Commercial Medicines Unit transferred across from the Department to NHS England on 1 April 2017. NHS England is currently in the process of recruiting to a number of other key posts to support the commercial function more broadly.
Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, has responded to two questions from Pauline Latham MP on the Early Access to Medicines Scheme.
Pauline Latham: What funding is available for treatments which have been made available under the Early Access to Medicines Scheme after marketing authorisation but before the publication of NICE guidance. 
Pauline Latham: What plans he has to transfer the funding of medicines under the Early Access to Medicines Scheme from pharmaceutical companies to the NHS. 
Steve Brine: The Early Access to Medicines Schemes is a voluntary scheme. Companies are not paid for the medicines they supply into the scheme. However, the Government has recently announced new funding as part of a of a wider package of up to £86 million aimed at addressing barriers to uptake of innovation that were recommended in the Accelerated Access Review. Small to Medium Enterprises with products that meet the requirements for the Early Access to Medicines Scheme will be able to access this funding opportunity. Further announcements will be made on how small businesses can apply for this support. More information can be found at this link: