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Friday 25th May 2018

Cancer drug off NHS list

26th June 2008

The government’s medical advisory body the National Institute for Clinical Health and Excellence (NICE) has advised against the NHS using Avastin after manufacturer Roche declined to answer requests for data on the drug’s clinical and cost effectiveness.

Avastin is used for lung and breast cancer but British patients now look as though they will miss out on the drug after the Swiss pharmaceuticals group refused to cooperate with NICE. The drug has already been rejected by NICE as not being cost effective for bowel cancer.


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