Our policy on cancer drugs
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We believe that all cancer patients in the UK should be able to access the best, evidence-based drugs available for their condition.
The Government must balance the need to spend the health budget carefully with the need to guarantee access to effective drugs. It must also create the right incentives for industry to produce innovative new medicines.
Regulators must ensure that only drugs that are safe and that work will reach patients as quickly as possible.
It is a time of great change in this area, with the introduction of new arrangements for commissioning and paying for chemotherapy in England in 2013. In different parts of the UK, policy makers and bodies such as the NICE and the Scottish Medicines Consortium are developing new approached to providing access to medicines.
We work to ensure that government policy helps cancer patients to access the drugs they need.