'Unaffordable' breast cancer drug set to be blocked

A new breast cancer drug which extends women's lives by almost six months could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive, a health watchdog says.

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Breast cancer patient: £90,000 drug changed my life

A patient using the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, which could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive, told ITV News the treatment had improved her quality of life.

"I was in quite a bad state, and within about two cycles my life felt like it had turned a corner. I was able to do things I wasn't able to do prior to being on this treatment," Mani said of the drug, which currently costs around £90,000 per patient.

Health chief 'disappointed' with cancer drug company

The chief executive of health watchdog Nice told ITV News he is "disappointed" that drug manufacturer Roche has not offered the NHS a discount on a breast cancer drug that costs around £90,000 per patient.

Kadcyla, which extends women's lives by almost six months, could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive.

"Companies can discount their prices and they frequently do. Given the list price. I would have expected the company to have at least considered (a discount)," Andrew Dillon said.

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Expert: NICE faced 'difficult decision' over cancer drug

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) faced "difficult decisions" when it deemed a breast cancer drug which can extend sufferers lives by "up to six months" was too expensive, according to a health expert.

Dr Hilary Jones told Daybreak the £90,000 price tag per patient would have meant taking funds away from other vital services the NHS provides.

Cancer drug manufacturer urged to cut price

A consultant analyses a mammogram. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The chief executive of health watchdog Nice has urged a drug manufacturer to look at cutting the cost of Kadcyla - a cancer treatment deemed 'too expensive' for routine NHS use.

Sir Andrew Dillon said he hoped Roche would "act in the best interest of patients" and use the consultation period to look again at their evidence and consider if there was "more" they could do to reduce the price of the treatment.

Jayson Dallas, general manager of the company, responded to Nice's announcement, saying: "Roche is extremely disappointed that Nice has failed to safeguard the interests of patients with this advanced stage of aggressive disease."

He added that he hoped the watchdog would "arrive at a sustainable solution that builds upon the success" of the Cancer Drugs Fund, so that "patients continue to have rapid access to much needed cancer medicines".

'Unaffordable' breast cancer drug set to be blocked

A new breast cancer drug which extends women's lives by almost six months could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive, a health watchdog says.

Kadcyla, manufactured by Roche, can cost more than £90,000 per patient and is not effective enough to justify the price the NHS is being asked to pay, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said.

The watchdog, which decides which new medicines are cost effective, said its guidance for the drug, also known as trastuzumab emtansine, was in draft form and is now up for public consultation.

If the recommendations are adopted, patients would have to apply to their local NHS and to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) for the drug, a Nice spokeswoman said.

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