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Cancer: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer drugs approved by the Cancer Drugs Fund have subsequently been (a) approved and (b) rejected by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published final technology appraisal guidance for 27 treatment indications that have been approved by the Cancer Drugs Fund panel for inclusion on its national list. Of these:

- three treatment indications have been recommended by NICE;

- three treatment indications have received an optimised recommendation from NICE, recommending use for to a smaller group of patients than is eligible for treatment through the Cancer Drugs Fund; and

- 21 treatment indications have not been recommended. In some cases, NICE issued guidance that did not recommend a treatment before it was approved for inclusion the Cancer Drugs Fund national list.

NICE is appraising but has yet to issue final guidance for some treatment indications. NICE is also currently updating its guidance for two treatment indications with an optimised recommendation; and one treatment indication that is not recommended. Additionally, a number of treatments on the Cancer Drugs Fund national list have not been appraised by NICE.

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