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Bone marrow disease drug gets a no

4th March 2010

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has decided that a drug for treating rare blood cancers will not be made available through the NHS in England and Wales.

Cancer charities say they are angered and disappointed by the NICE decision not to recommend azacitidine or Vidaza for treating myelodysplastic syndromes because it is too costly. Around four in 100,000 people in the UK suffer from MDS, a debilitating bone marrow disease which means the bone marrow does not produce enough of one or more types of blood cells.

 

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