Cancer drugs ‘are too costly’
Wednesday 2nd March 2011, 2:29PM GMT.
PAYING for cancer drugs which have not been recommended for use on cost grounds could make Guernsey’s health and social services unsustainable, according to the department.
It was commenting following a question asked in the States by Deputy Mike Hadley (pictured) about why some cancer drugs were available to UK NHS patients, but not to people in Guernsey.
Last year the UK Government started a £200m. interim cancer drug fund to pay for some medication which had not been approved for use by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice), allowing patients access to drugs they had previously been denied.
But no such fund has been introduced in Guernsey, meaning islanders do not have access to drugs they could be prescribed in the UK.
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