- The Cancer Drugs Fund is money the Government has set aside to pay for cancer drugs that haven’t been approved by NICE and aren’t available within the NHS in England.
- This may be because the drugs haven’t been looked at yet or because NICE have said that they don’t work well enough or are not cost effective.
- The Government have said that the fund is worth £200 million per year.
- The Cancer Drugs Fund started at the beginning of April 2011.
- This fund is shared between the 10 Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) in England.
- The fund is to continue until the end of March 2014.
- From 2014 the Government plan to introduce a new way of setting prices for cancer drugs which aims to make more drugs routinely available in the NHS.
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