Cancer: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) applications to the Cancer Drugs Fund and (b) individual funding requests for cancer medicines were approved in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13 and (iv) 2013-14.

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

Information on the number of applications to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is not held centrally and information on Individual Funding Requests to primary care trusts for cancer medicines was not collected centrally during this period.

NHS England has had oversight of the Fund since April 2013 and publishes information on patient numbers funded through the national CDF list and through individual Cancer Drugs Fund requests (ICDFRs) routinely on its website at:

www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/cdf/

Information on the number of patients1 accessing the Fund in these years is shown below:

Number of patients funded in

2010-112

Number of patients funded in

2011-122

Number of patients funded in

2012-132

Number of patients funded in

2013-143

Number of patients funded in

2014-153,4

England

2,780

11,798

15,456

19,560

11,308

1 Some individual patients may be double-counted where a patient has received more than one drug treatment through the CDF

2 Source: Information provided to the Department by strategic health authorities

3 Source: NHS England

4 To end September 2014

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