England's Cancer Fund Dropping 16 Drugs For 25 Treatments
NHS England announced it will no longer provide 16 cancer drugs for 25 treatments, upsetting charities and pharmaceutical companies alike.By Jake Godin | January 13, 2015
England’s National Health Service is in a bit of a pinch. A fund set up to provide expensive cancer treatments to patients was over budget. It's getting more money now, but it's also dropping drugs used in various cancer treatments.
On Monday, NHS England announced The Cancer Drugs Fund, or CDF, will be dropping 16 drugs used in 25 different treatments. The move is expected to save about $120 million but will drop treatments for bowel, breast and pancreatic cancers, among others.
On making the decision, the CDF’s chair said “These are difficult decisions, but if we don’t prioritize the drugs that offer the best value, many more could miss out on promising, more effective treatments that are in the pipeline.” (Video via NHS England)