Cancer: Drugs

Health written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Conservative, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have been issued with the cancer drug Tarceva since March 2006; and which NHS trusts have (a) funded and (b) prescribed the cancer drug Tarceva since September 2005.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The Department does not hold the data requested for individual hospitals. Hospitals have been the main users of Tarceva (Erlotinib) with low usage by primary care trusts (PCTs). In the period September 2005 to June 2006, hospitals in at least 25 of the 28 former strategic health authorities had used Tarceva. In the period September 2005 to December 2006, six of the former 303 PCTs had prescribed the drug. To provide details of individual PCTs could potentially disclose the identity of the patients involved as prescribing has, so far, been minimal.

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