Dear Dr Walsh, 
We are writing to urge you to ensure all eligible women with incurable triple negative secondary breast cancer (TNSBC) can access Trodelvy as soon as possible.  

We understand that Trodelvy is an exciting new drug that could give women living with this disease the hope of more time. However, the failure to reach an agreement with NHS England to provide the drug free-of-charge to eligible patients following licensing, ahead of a decision on routine NHS access next year, will mean hundreds of women in England could now face an agonising wait of up to six months to access this treatment. 

While we acknowledge the introduction of Gilead’s pre-reimbursement access scheme for Trodelvy  following licensing, this limited scheme will not guarantee that all eligible women who need this drug will be able to receive it, when they need it. 

Over 200,000 people have now signed Breast Cancer Now’s ‘It’s Time for Trodelvy’ petition calling on Gilead to agree a deal with NHS England and provide the drug free of charge on the NHS for all eligible women, until it is assessed for routine use. 

We understand the news of Trodelvy’s licensing through the Project Orbis scheme, which the MHRA joined at the start of the year, comes only a day after that of a lung cancer drug, Sotorasib, and four months after another drug, both of which were successfully made immediately available to patients following licensing via an interim access scheme agreed by the drug companies Amgen and AstraZeneca with NHS England. 

Therefore, we urgently call on Gilead to follow suit and agree an interim access arrangement with NHS England ahead of a NICE decision, so that all eligible breast cancer patients can benefit from accessing Trodelvy and having the chance of spending precious more time with loved ones. 

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Crouch MP 

Siobhain McDonagh MP 

Sarah Olney MP 

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP 

Peter Dowd MP 

Paula Barker MP 

Munira Wilson MP 

Mary Robinson MP 

Sir Roger Gale MP 

Lord Desai 

Layla Moran MP 

Kim Leadbeater MP 

Kim Johnson MP 

Jonathan Edwards MP 

Jeff Smith MP 

Henry Smith MP 

Pauline Latham MP 

Caroline Dinenage MP 

Derek Twigg MP 

Daisy Cooper MP 

Caroline Lucas MP 

Ben Bradshaw MP 

Baroness Lister 

Bambos Charalambous MP 

Andrew Gwynne MP 

Caroline Nokes MP 

Jim Shannon MP