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NICE kidney cancer drug decision

26th August 2009

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has said doctors should not prescribe four kidney cancer drugs to new patients.

Although the Welsh health minister Edwina Hart had informed 22 health boards that they could give Avastin, Torisel, Sutent and Nexavar to patients, NICE said they were not "cost effective". A Welsh Assembly Government spokesperson said Ms Hart "expects clinicians in Wales to follow NICE recommendations for the use of these drugs now that the final guidance has been published".

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