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Cancer patient wins appeal

17th August 2007

A terminal cancer patient has been given access to the drug Velcade by his NHS trust, following a review of his case.

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John McNamara, 47, from Harrogate, had been denied access to the drug by North Yorkshire and York NHS Primary Care Trust. Mr McNamara said that other patients in the hospital were being given Velcade and accused the NHS of a "postcode lottery" when it came to drug allocation.

On 16 August 2007, the PCT stated that it would give funding to his treatment using Velcade.

Following a review of Mr McNamara's case, a spokesman said: "The panel has concluded that, in this instance, the appeal will be upheld and the PCT will fund a course of Velcade."

He said the panel had considered other information regarding the case which had not been included in the original assessment and had incorporated a "re-appraisal of guidance" relating to the use of Velcade.

The spokesman said that decisions regarding the funding of Velcade would need to be decided in the future according to the requirements of individual patients' cases.

Mr McNamara's wife Caroline said the experience had been extremely difficult.

MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Phil Willis, said he was very pleased to hear about the PCT's decision.

He said: "However I hope that the PCT has learnt a lesson from this case; no more families should be forced to go through this hell to obtain treatment."

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