Concerns about NICE-approved medicines for rare and less common cancers

Two days ago the Health and Social Care Information Centre published its statistics on the use of NICE-approved medicines yesterday.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10588291/Lottery-of-NHS-drugs-punishes-the-dying.html
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2543648/The-NHS-trusts-wont-patients-new-life-saving-drugs-Huge-disparity-numbers-given-new-treatments.html

The Telegraph also carried a comment article from the Rarer Cancer Foundation: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10588475/Regulator-needs-to-act-to-stop-endemic-postcode-lottery.html

Andrew Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of the Rarer Cancers Foundation argues:

– The bar for NICE recommendation is very high – it is imperative that when NICE approves a medicine that it gets used appropriately

– The variation between actual and expected levels of usage and between usage in different providers is worrying and needs explaining

– The NHS needs to stop dismissing the factors underpinning variation as ‘complex’ and start explaining to patients and the public why variation happens

– Implementation of guidance should be made a key part of the hospital inspection process

The Rarer Cancers Foundation | Telephone: 0208 692 2910 | Mobile: 07973118290 |  http://www.rarercancers.org.uk (includes less common cancers)

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