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Cancer patients 'not being prescribed appropriate drugs'

26th April 2012

MPs have suggested that three-quarters of cancer specialists are struggling to overcome NHS bureaucracy barriers to prescribe new drugs.

In a report to pharmaceutical company Merck Serono, they claim cancer patients are not always being prescribed with the most appropriate treatment. More than 50 out of 100 cancer specialists surveyed admitted they ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’ prescribe a treatment that is not necessarily the best choice for a patient due to a lack of access to biomarker tests. It comes as figures reveal that the number of new cancer cases in England has risen 20% in 10 years.

 

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