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Britains Complacent Attitude To Uptake Of New Cancer Drugs Revealed

ch for cancer in Europe particularly devoted to clinical research, Jonsson was quoted.

Generally, the greatest differences in uptake were noted for the new colorectal and lung cancer drugs, which are among the world's top cancer killers for both men and women. The US uptake of bevacizumab for colorectal cancer was 10 times the uptake of the European average, with the UK having a very low uptake.

Dr Jonsson concluded: "We believe that the inequalities between countries in patients' access to cancer drugs cannot persist. Cancer patients will not accept that a standard of care available in one country is not available in other countries."

Recommendations from the report include reducing the review time for the marketing authorization of new cancer drugs and ensuring that, once this is obtained, the drug is available without further delays.

A Department of Health spokesman was quoted: "We are making good progress in ensuring cancer patients have access to the drugs they need. A report published by the national cancer director last year confirmed a continued increase in the uptake of new cancer drugs by the NHS following positive Nice appraisal. "It also confirmed a reduction in the variation of use of these drugs around the country. We have reiterated in recent guidance that NHS should not withhold funding for treatments just because Nice guidance is not available."


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