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In a World First, Asda Announces 'Not for Profit' Price on All Cancer Treatment Drugs
Date:5/20/2010

The annual spend per cancer patient across the 152 PCTs in England can vary by as much as 286 per cent. This 'post code lottery' impacts patients as it determines the cancer treatment people are eligible for on the NHS.

Variations on cancer drug availability on the NHS

There are significant variations in the cancer drugs which are available on the NHS within each PCT. Drugs such as Iressa and Afinitor, which treat lung cancer and kidney cancer, are only available with a private prescription. This means that should a patient require either drug, they have no other option but to pay for it under a private prescription.

John Evans, Superintendent Pharmacist at Asda, comments:

"The crippling cost of paying privately for cancer treatment has forced many people to spend their savings or even re-mortgage their house to pay for these essential drugs.

"We are the first retailer to recognise this injustice and to do something about it and we are calling on other retailers to follow our lead. It's a small step in the right direction but, our permanent 'not for profit' price on cancer treatment drugs makes them more accessible and can save people hundreds if not thousands of pounds."

Asda's new CEO Andy Clarke, who lost his own parents to cancer, supported the move to make these vital drugs available at the lowest possible price.

"Saving people money so they can live better is viewed by many as just the marketing slogan of our parent company, Walmart.

"However, when you see what we can achieve in areas like cancer and IVF treatments to reduce prices, the reality of that mission statement
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