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In a blow for patients who are suffering from an advanced form of skin cancer, it has been announced that a new drug capable of treating it will not be made available on the NHS.
The drug is called ipilimumab and it has already been used in clinical trials. But it has a price tag of £80,000 for every patient treated with the drug. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (otherwise known as NICE) has issued guidance recommending that the NHS does not use the treatment. Furthermore the clinical …

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A new drug that’s been developed for those suffering from advanced stages of prostate cancer has been deemed ‘too expensive’ by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The drug, called cabazitaxel, has been proven to extend life for a period of around two months in those whom other treatments have stopped working.  It has only just been licensed in the UK, and is one which the Prostate Cancer Charity says is an important treatment that can allow men to spend precious extra time with their families.
However, at around …

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The UK is virtually the only country in Europe to decide that a new pill to combat Multiple Sclerosis (MS) simply costs too much.
The drug, fingolimod, which was given preliminary marketing approval by EU drugs regulators in January of this year, has been branded as “not a cost effective use of NHS resources” by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Current treatment for MS – known as interferon therapy – is administered by injection, either in hospital or by the patient themselves at home.  But this new pill …

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The NHS is wasting millions of pounds every day on basic equipment and goods.
Eastern and Coastal Kent NHS Trust has revealed that coeliac sufferers can no longer have some gluten free products on prescription given that they were being charged almost £50 for a £2 pack of gluten free pasta.
Alison Issott, assistant director of medicines management at the Trust said that, ‘It will cost £5 from the manufacturer, plus a £1 dispensing fee, £1 pharmacy fee and a delivery charge up to £40.”
She added, ‘As a wide range of gluten-free …

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The way in which long term medical conditions are managed must be reformed according to Sir John Oldham, Department of Health’s Clinical lead on Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP).
He predicts that by 2050 the number of people suffering with multiple long term conditions will triple, putting huge strain on NHS resources.
He explains that the best way forward will be to integrate care given to patients at a local level stating that we currently have, “we have a Monty Pythonesque queue of people outside a person’s house, it segments a …

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obesity in the uk

The latest information from the NHS Information Centre shows that obesity levels in the UK have risen massively over the past decade. The statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet in England shows that in virtually every indicator the nation’s waistlines have continued to grow.
One measure of this obesity is something the report calls “raised waist circumference” which translates to a waist measurement over 88cm for women and 102cm for men. In 2009, the last full year for which statistics are available, the proportion of adults with a raised waist …