Paul Catchpole, Director of Value & Access at the ABPI, comments on the Cancer Research UK report on molecular diagnostic provision in England which was published today.
Paul Catchpole said: "ABPI welcomes the report from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) regarding molecular diagnostic tests in cancer. The report clearly sets out the current deficiencies in the testing services in England, meaning that patients are not able to get timely and appropriate access to the most effective medicines and treatments that can improve survival rates and quality of life. These deficiencies urgently need to be addressed through the development, funding, and commissioning of a comprehensive service. Importantly the report also highlights that the rapid development of stratified medicines and their associated tests, not only in cancer but increasingly within other therapy areas, will be held back to the detriment of future patients unless there is much greater national coordination and focus on this vital underpinning service".
For further information, please click here to view the press release from CRUK
Alternatively, please click here to view the blog by Emlyn Samuel, senior policy manager at CRUK.
Source: NHS England must act as patients miss out on cancer drug tests (August 2015)
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