More cancer patients in England are getting approved drugs

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:671
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The percentage of patients with cancer in England who are being treated with drugs approved for use in the NHS is growing, says a report published this week. And although regional variations in access to drugs remain, these are falling.

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    The report, from Mike Richards, England's national cancer director, showed an average increase of 47% in the use of cancer drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the body that regulates drug use by the NHS, during the first six months of 2005, in comparison with a previous review that was based …

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