New Breast Cancer Drugs, Not For All

by Medindia Content Team on  April 28, 2006 at 11:38 AM Cancer News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
New Breast Cancer Drugs, Not For All
Patient groups are demanding the government for new and better breast cancer drugs. But the NHS after seeking the guidance of National Institute for Clinical Excellence rejected two new breast cancer drugs for use in the NHS. This has angered the patient groups who were campaigning for access to every new drug that appears to show an improvement over older, cheaper medicines in clinical trials. The two drugs were docetaxel and paclitaxel.

Advertisement
According to a study in which women were given a drug combination of docetaxel, it was found that 75% of women remained free of cancer compared with 68% on other drugs. The drugs were licensed for use in combination with other standard drugs in women who have a first breast cancer which has spread to the lymph nodes. But the deputy chief executive of Nice Andrea Sutcliffe said that the study did not state clear evidence about the drug. She said that there was too much uncertainty. But the Scottish Medicines Consortium approved the drugs for use on the NHS. This has resulted in widespread unrest and fuelled protests among the breast cancer campaigners.
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Women and Cancer Breast Biopsy Pagets disease of the breast Mastitis Cancer and Homeopathy Signature Drug Toxicity Breast Cancer Facts Cancer Facts Cancer Breasts - Structures and Types 
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive