Severely ill to get early access to ground-breaking drugs

People suffering from serious illnesses including cancer and dementia will be able to try new medicines years before they reach the market, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

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'We want world's biggest bank' of trial drug volunteers

"We would only want this to happen for drugs we're confident are safe," Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said of a new "fast track" scheme to allow severely ill people access to drugs not yet on the market

He said people diagnosed with serious illnesses "very often want to volunteer" to take part in clinical trials, adding that he wants the UK to have the world's "biggest bank" of volunteers willing to take part in such trials.

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