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When we give money to cancer research charities like Cancer Research UK we expect that money to be used efficiently but less than 2% is likely to be spent on researching new drugs that can be given to NHS cancer patients as a routine treatment.
Half of new cancer drugs are too pricey for the NHS due to profiteering by drug companies. The Government is choosing to leave patients to die early rather than exercise its legal powers to obtain the newer, more effective drugs from a cheaper alternative source.
The cost of developing new cancer drugs could be halved at least if we cooperated across the world to publicly fund R&D, using cheaper finance, eliminating wasteful duplication and developing drugs for public benefit not for profit.
The Cancer Drugs Fund was put forward by David Cameron during the 2010 General Election campaign – a tempting olive branch for many cancer patients desperate for expensive life-saving drugs but in reality a short-sighted, vote-winning gesture that has helped to make drugs even more unaffordable in the longer term.
With support for the Dying for a Cure campaign growing, a letter has been sent today to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, setting out the issues and sharing with him a sample of comments from supporters.
A shocking new study has revealed pharmaceutical companies have been fined more than £25bn over the last 25 years for illegal activity aimed at boosting profits. Patients are ultimately paying the price for this through higher drug prices.
Shocking new evidence has come to light of massive profiteering from cancer drugs - one cancer drug that costs only £99 to make is being being sold for up to £83,000, despite R&D costs being paid back over 10 years years ago.
News about a promising new breast cancer treatment combining Herceptin and Tyverb is dampened by the prospect that the drugs may be too expensive for the NHS.
"Drug companies are developing medicines they can profit from, rather than those which are likely to be the most beneficial" - Sir Richard Thompson