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NICE rejects breast cancer drug

9th July 2010

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has not approved the use of Avastin to treat breast cancer.

NICE said the drug, known as bevacizumab, was not suitable for use in patients whose cancer had metasised because of "uncertain evidence". "The clinical trial results for bevacizumab were disappointing in that they were unable to prove definitively that the drug could extend the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer over and above currently available treatments," said NICE Chief Executive Andrew Dillon.

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