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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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Fast track drugs scheme 'warmly welcomed'

A cancer charity has welcomed a "fast track" plan to get drugs into the NHS for people suffering from serious illnesses, before they have been granted a licence for use.

Time is of the essence for many cancer patients, particularly those with more advanced disease. It can mean the difference between life and death.

Therefore this scheme, which has at its heart the potential to bring promising new medicines to patients faster, is to be warmly welcomed.

The scheme should also make it more attractive for life sciences companies to conduct their development activities in the UK, which will bring a multitude of benefits to the population.

– Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK

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