Three bowel cancer drugs rejected5th September 2011
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has not given its approval for the use of three drugs to treat advanced bowel cancer.
NICE said the use of the drugs cetuximab, bevacizumab and panitumumab was too expensive when weighed up against their benefits. Andrew Dillon, NICE’s chief executive, said: "We have already recommended six treatments for various stages of colorectal cancer and are disappointed not to be able to recommend cetuximab, bevacizumab and panitumumab for this stage, but we have to be confident that the benefits justify the cost of the drugs. At present, the independent appraisal committee...does not feel it has enough clear evidence...to be able to recommend these drugs for use on the NHS."
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Title: Three bowel cancer drugs rejected
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 19613
Date Added: 5th Sep 2011