Category: England

  • NICE verdict on Trodelvy threatens unequal access to drug in UK

    In draft guidance, NICE has said it cannot recommend Gilead Sciences’ Trodelvy in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), setting up a disparity in access to the drug via the NHS in the UK. The health technology assessment (HTA) agency  said that while Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan) increases the time people have before their disease worsens and how […]

  • Breast cancer drug approved for NHS after maker agrees discount

    Reversal of earlier rejection by Nice of abemaciclib – known as Verzenios – is welcomed by campaigners A breast cancer drug that was rejected for routine NHS use in England earlier this year has now been recommended by health officials after a discount was agreed with the manufacturer. The decision has been described as “fantastic […]

  • Under-30s may have ‘small delay’ in getting Covid jab, says Jonathan Van-Tam

    England’s deputy chief medical officer says delay would be precaution against rare side-effect of blood clots Coronavirus – latest UK updates See all our coronavirus coverage People under 30 have been told there may be a “small delay” to when they will receive a coronavirus vaccine, given adults in that age group are now being […]

  • NHS to use world’s most expensive drug to treat spinal muscular atrophy

    Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m for one-off treatment, will be available in England this year for the first time The world’s most expensive drug, which treats babies and young children with a rare and often fatal degenerative disorder, will be available this year for the first time on the NHS in England. Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m […]

  • Teesside ‘buzzing’ that Novavax vaccine will be made there

    Area that has suffered industrial decline proud to play key role in fight against coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The legend “made on Teesside” has a long and proud history, with everything from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Quorn in vegan sausage rolls manufactured in this industrial part of […]

  • What White Blood Cell Count Should We Shoot for?

    At the start of my video What Does a Low White Blood Cell Count Mean?, you can see what it looks like when you take a drop of blood, smear it between two pieces of glass, and view at it under a microscope: a whole bunch of little, round, red blood cells and a few […]

  • Armpit Shaving and Breast Cancer

    Shaving before applying underarm antiperspirants can increase aluminum absorption. Could this explain the greater number of tumors and the disproportionate incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast near the armpit? A famous case report called “The Mortician’s Mystery,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine back in the 1980s, […]

  • How does HTA for orphan drugs differ across europe?

    New research looks at the factors that speed up and slow down HTA appraisals for rare disease medicines across Europe. Rare diseases drugs have always faced challenges when it comes to HTA approvals, even as governments bring in more regulatory policies that make their path through assessment easier. Several factors make it difficult for HTA […]

  • Mad Cow Disease and Cosmetics

    As I discuss in my video Which Intestines for Food and Cosmetics?, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reopened comments about its policy of allowing some intestines, but not others, into the U.S. food supply. When the first few cases of mad cow disease started popping up, the FDA’s gut reaction was to ban […]