Right now there are life-saving breast cancer drugs available which cost, on average, just 43p a day per patient, but they aren’t getting to the women who could benefit from them.
Recent research has found that bisphosphonates, drugs commonly used to manage osteoporosis, could also prevent one in ten breast cancer deaths by reducing the risk of breast cancer spreading, at an average cost of just 43p per day per patient.
A survey of breast cancer oncologists by the UK Breast Cancer Group (UKBCG) found that three in four were unable to prescribe bisphosphonates due to a lack of guidance on who should fund these drugs.
So, because of NHS red tape, nobody is taking responsibility for funding these cheap, effective drugs - and as a result, women could be dying unnecessarily.
Tell Jeremy Hunt to fix the problem
We believe there is a solution to this problem. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, could step in and ensure that it is clear nationally, who is responsible for issuing guidance to local health bodies to ensure that bisphosphonates are being offered to every patient who could benefit from them.
We cannot allow NHS red tape to deny thousands of women cheap, lifesaving drugs.
It’s up to Jeremy Hunt to fix this problem.
Will you help us make sure he does?
"Is my life worth less than a postage stamp?"
That’s the question Jill has been asking herself.
Like many other women who could be receiving bisphosphonates to help prevent their breast cancer spreading, she’s been left wondering why her life is being put at risk when such a cheap, effective drug is available.
“I think we should be offered it, we should know about it. I’m really angry.
Somebody, somewhere needs to make a decision to say this can go forward.
It’s not an expensive drug. It’s bureaucracy and red tape stopping it being offered to us.”
Women like Jill shouldn’t be in this position. It is unacceptable that a lifesaving drug is not being given to the women who could benefit from it simply because of NHS red tape.
For more information on how bisphosphonate drugs can help prevent some women’s breast cancer spreading, please visit our bisphosphonates patient information page.
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