Campaigners demand right to generic version of breast cancer drug

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 05 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5279
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A group campaigning for better access to new and expensive cancer drugs has called on the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to scrap the patent for a breast cancer drug and allow a generic version to be made available.1

Kadcyla (also known as T-DM1 and marketed by Roche) is a combination of trastuzumab (Herceptin) and the cytotoxic agent DM1 for women with HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer.

From 4 November no new patients in the United Kingdom will be able to access Kadcyla because it was de-listed from the Cancer Drugs Fund in September to help stem spiralling costs in the scheme.2 The drug …

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