Green light for new skin cancer drug

BBC News reports 18th September 2014: Green light for new skin cancer drug 

It has been a long time, and after some years when you could only get these drugs in a “trial” they should now be available. However, as we have seen with infertility, CCGs are not obligated, and there is no legal redress if they refuse to comply and ration out… Watch this space but I expect the rationing to be ageist…

A new drug to treat skin cancer should be made available on the NHS, a health body has recommended.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given the green light to a drug that can help some patients with advanced melanoma.

Dabrafenib (Tafinlar) is one of a new generation of cancer drugs that target specific gene mutations.

NICE said the drug should be made available provided that it was sold to the NHS at a discount.

The drug should be used for patients whose cancer had spread or could not be completely removed by surgery and who had tested positive for the mutation, it said in final draft guidance….

The drug, which targets cancer cells with the BRAF V600 mutation, can block the growth of the cancer.

NICE has already recommended vemurafenib, which targets the same mutation, and the monoclonal antibody ipilimumab for advanced melanoma.

Prof Carole Longson, director of the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation at NICE, said: “For a long time, the treatments available for skin cancer which has spread have been very limited….

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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