Leukaemia: Drugs

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Shadow Minister (Culture and Tourism)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to assess Dasatinib for the treatment of chronic lymphoblastic leukaemia (a) in the first instance and (b) after prior therapy with Imatinib; how many representations she has received on Dasatinib; and if she will make a statement.

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

Dasatinib is licensed for the treatment of adults with chronic, accelerated or blast phase chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy including Imatinib. Dasatinib is also licensed for the treatment of adults with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and lymphoid blast CML with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy. The Department has no plans to commission a further assessment of Dasatinib at this time.

It will be for primary care trusts at a local level to decide whether to make this drug available to patients who might benefit from it.

The Department has received a number of representations about Dasatinib in the form of written correspondence and parliamentary questions.

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