UK Government – Setting a fair price for cancer drugs.
Your chance to feed in to the government’s plans to set a fair price for cancer drugs. Can you help the government decide?
If you had to decide which drugs are available for patients, how would you choose?
The Coalition Government is bringing a new system which will change the way that prices for drugs are set. This system will replace some of the work that NICE in England, and similar bodies in Scotland and Wales, do to decide which drugs should be available on the NHS.
Instead of asking these bodies to make decisions about which cancer drugs are cost-effective, and therefore made widely available, the new system will aim to set what the government consider to be a ‘fair’ price for all new drugs, including cancer drugs from the outset. In this way, the government argue, they can ensure that all new drugs are cost-effective and therefore can be made available to patients.
To help set prices the government will be making decisions about what makes a drug ‘valuable’ to patients.
Cancer Research UK want to make sure that this takes the views of cancer patients into account. And that’s where you come in. The following questionnaire includes questions which the government are asking about the value of treatments. Once you’ve filled this in, CRUK will be pulling the responses together so that they can tell the government what you think.
To fill in the questionnaire follow this link: http://bit.ly/f16sUI and record your answers online by Friday 22nd April 2011.
Thank you for your help.
This communication is from Cancer Research UK. Their website is at www.cancerresearchuk.org. They are a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464) and in Scotland (SC041666) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 4325234.
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