Cam­paign to ac­cess medicine


BREAST Can­cer Now have led the cam­paign to have Per­jeta made avail­able to all women who need it in Scot­land.

To­day, the char­ity call once more on drug com­pany Roche, the Scot­tish Govern­ment and the Scot­tish Medicines Con­sor­tium to do what they can to make it avail­able now.

Metastatic breast can­cer is one which has spread to an­other part of the body, most com­monly the liver, brain, bones, or lungs.

Fiona Hazell, direc­tor of Breast Can­cer Now, said it was un­ac­cept­able that Scot­tish women could not rou­tinely ac­cess Per­jeta.

She added: “Please sign the pe­ti­tion to­day and sup­port hun­dreds of women and fam­i­lies who des­per­ately need this drug.”

Scot­tish Labour’s health spokes­woman, Mon­ica Len­non, said it was an “un­ac­cept­able” sit­u­a­tion that drug com­pa­nies like Roche could “ef­fec­tively hold health boards to ran­som”.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment said changes they had in­tro­duced and sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment had re­sulted in greater ac­cess to new medicines and added: “And we want to see that con­tinue.”

Visit Breast Can­cer Now’s web­site to sign their pe­ti­tion.

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