New drug avail­able

Evening Times - - NEWS -

A NEW drug has been made avail­able for peo­ple in Scot­land with a blood cancer that has “un­bear­able” symp­toms.

Poly­cythaemia vera (PV), an over­pro­duc­tion of red blood cells, is di­ag­nosed in around 100 peo­ple in Scot­land each year.

It can in­crease the risk of blood clots, heart at­tack and stroke, and can also de­velop into leukaemia.

The Scot­tish Medicines Con­sor­tium an­nounced PV can now be treated with rux­oli­tinib.

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