Posted: Mon 22nd Sep 2014

Welsh NHS to fund new drug for patients with pancreatic cancer

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014

Patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer in Wales will have access to the drug Abraxane on the NHS, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford today announced. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Wales is the only country in the UK where the chemotherapy drug will be routinely available to eligible patients on the NHS. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The decision to fund Abraxane follows a positive recommendation from the independent All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) earlier this month. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

AWMSG appraises medicines for use in Wales, ensuring patients have access to those treatments which have a proven evidence base and are demonstrated to be cost and clinically-effective. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Professor Drakeford said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Following the appraisal of Abraxane by AWMSG , I am pleased to announce we will be making the medicine available on the Welsh NHS to those who are eligible to receive it. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I am proud that in Wales we have a system in place where patients get access to proven and effective treatments for cancer and other life-threatening conditions.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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