Make 43p breast cancer drug available to all, say doctors

The pills, which are routinely used to treat osteoporosis, could extend the life of up to 27,000 women with late-stage breast canceGETTY IMAGES

Britain’s most senior breast cancer doctors have called on the health secretary to end confusion which is denying thousands of women a life-changing drug that costs 43p a day.

The pills, which are routinely used to treat osteoporosis, could extend the life of up to 27,000 women with late-stage breast cancer and prevent one in ten deaths.

Confusion ove

r which health body is responsible for commissioning the drugs means that three quarters of oncologists cannot prescribe them, according to a recent survey.

Now 41 breast cancer experts have urged Jeremy Hunt to make the commissioning of bisphosphonates a national priority to prevent the death of more than a thousand women eligible for the treatment each year.

It is the responsibility of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)…

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