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had spread or could not be completely removed by surgery and who had tested positive for the mutation, it said in final draft guidance….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.
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….