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Pfizer gives away cutting-edge cancer med while awaiting NHS OK

May 5, 2017

A “ground breaking” drug to treat breast cancer is set to be made available to thousands of NHS patients across the UK for free, thanks to manufacturer Pfizer.

In February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which decides whether new treatments should be available on the NHS in England, provisionally rejected palbociclib for routine use because it believed it was too expensive for the benefits it provided.

But now Pfizer has said it will provide the drug free of charge for up to five months until a final decision is made by Nice.


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