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Cancer man wins drug funding

25th January 2008

A patient with terminal bowel cancer has won his battle for funding after paying out thousands of pounds for drugs.

Mike Gray paid £3,400 per fortnight for the drug cetuximab after the Scottish Medicines Consortium said it was not cost-effective because it could only prolong life, not cure him. But Mr Gray, 53, from Buckie in Moray, appealed to NHS Grampian, which will now pay for the drugs and reimburse his costs. In reversing its decisions, NHS Grampian said its exceptional circumstances panel concluded that Mr Gray has benefited more from the treatment than would normally be expected.

 

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