Scotland unlocks drug for breast cancer treatment

Scotland has become the first part of the United Kingdom to make a drug routinely available on the NHS that can extend the lives of women with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

For every day that passes without access to PrEP, 17 more people are being diagnosed with HIV.

About 100 patients a year will be offered Kadcyla, an intravenous drug that can add nine months to the lives of women with incurable breast cancer.

Watty Gaffney began taking Prep in January and says it seemed "a natural way to move forward" to protect his health.

There must be no more delays in England or Wales, and I hope with all my heart that Scotland's bold decision to provide PrEP on the NHS to people who are at risk of HIV will pave the way for more progress across the UK.

Waverley Care chief executive Grant Sugden said: "This is a ground-breaking decision that has the potential to reduce new HIV infections and also improve the quality of life of at-risk communities in Scotland".

Campaigners are hopeful that it will eventually be available through the NHS England to anyone who feels they are at risk of contracting HIV, but this is not certain. It can now be used as a vital tool in our HIV prevention armoury - alongside condom use, regular testing and early treatment - to help bring an end to HIV transmission in Scotland.

Currently, there are around 95 new cases of HIV in Northern Ireland every year, with the PrEP treatment costing around £400 per person per month.




Campaigners who had fought for the drug to be made available welcomed the decision, saying Scotland had "made history".

"It is cost-effective for those at the highest risk and is one of the best evidence-based tools for reducing onward HIV transmission", she said. The disease modifying treatment drug can reduce the frequency of relapses and the progression of disability, and can be self-administered by the patient as a monthly injection.

For the treatment of plaque psoriasis, SMC has approved ixekizumab (Taltz) for patients who did not respond to standard therapies.

Kadcyla, widely considered the biggest breakthrough treatment in the past decade, has been available to women in England for almost three years through the temporary Cancer Drugs Fund.

The drug may be used together with aspirin to prevent problems caused by blood clots and hardening of the arteries, and is now approved for up to one year after a heart attack.

"We were not able to accept ticagrelor for use in this setting as there were concerns about the relative safety of the clinical benefits it might offer".

Mr Cole-Hamilton said: "One of my first questions as an MSP was about whether PrEP will be adopted". We are also grateful to HIV Scotland and the many other organisations and individuals who have tirelessly campaigned and enabled this decision to happen.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

RBI holds its key rates in move to drain excess cash
Bhattacharya expects a prolonged pause in monetary policy and says much would depend on the outcome of the monsoon. The higher reverse repo rate will make it lucrative for commercial banks to park their excess funds with the RBI.

US 'playing the terrorism game' in Syria warns Lavrov
In response, Syria's ally Russian Federation accused the USA of encouraging "terrorists" with unilateral actions. But he also backed calls for an independent inquiry into the suspected chemical weapons attack.

Crystal Palace whip Arsenal
The Gunners managed just three shots on target, all of them in the first half. "After that it was more hard ". Asked if uncertainty about his future is affecting the players, Wenger added:"No, I don't think so".

Gov. Christie to Stop Payments to Amtrak
Speaking Thursday, Wick Moorman says workers are finishing repairs that followed two derailments within two weeks. Amtrak's CEO says full rail service will be restored at New York's Penn Station by Friday morning.

Natasha Exelby: Why a blooper led reporters to share embarrassing tales
The segment ended but it took a few moments before Exelby, a freelance journalist , realized the camera was back on her. It's a slip-up nearly every newsreader in the world has committed, but rarely costs the TV presenter their on-air job.

Janesville man wanted by Federal Bureau of Investigation after gun store theft
Anyone with information about Jakubowski's location is asked to contact the Rock County Sheriff's Office, 608-757-7911. A statewide crime alert says Jakubowski "has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues".

Seattle mayor: Sex abuse allegations 'untrue'
Spokesman Jeff Reading called the lawsuit a "shakedown effort" timed weeks before the May 19 mayoral campaign filing deadline. Reading said they'd been "promoted by extreme right-wing antigay activists" during the state's battle over gay marriage.

Samsung Launches Galaxy C7 Pro For Rs 27990
Visitors experience Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S8 smartphone at a Seoul store in this photo released by Samsung on April 6, 2017. Galaxy C7 Pro has been equipped with a metal case that features a sleek design which resembles with Galaxy A5's design .

Backed Syrian forces take one side of Euphrates Tabqa dam
The alliance was also focused on a strategically important town of Tabqa near Raqqa, with a dam and an airport nearby, AFP reported.

U.S., Mexico, Canada announce joint bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup
As of now, the process is quite simple as there are no competing bids to speak. "I really thank Sunil's open mindedness and U.S. US President Donald Trump, who has vowed to build a wall at the US border with Mexico , reportedly supports the joint bid.

Banner moment: Cubs finally raise championship flag
Jon Lester starts the home opener for the Cubs, looking for more of the same success he had against the Dodgers in 2016. During Monday's home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cubs will have their championship banner ceremony.

North Korea Criticizes U.S. Strikes on Syria as 'Unforgivable'
CNN reported on Sunday that USA warships were en route to the Korean Peninsula due to provocations from North Korea. The launches are considered to be in violation with the corresponding resolution adopted by the United Nations.

Modi to face of BJP's campaign for Gujarat polls this year
This will be significant for both BJP and Shiv Sena, as the parties now share a strained relationship in Maharashtra. Uddhav will leave for Delhi around 1pm and will be accompanied by Aaditya.

North Korea launches another missile amid rising U.S. concerns
There was a low rumble of discontent any time a South Korean player touched the ball. The single ballistic missile launched at around 6:42 a.m.

Wichita State waits on word from American Athletic Conference
They have made the NCAA Tournament every season since 2012, highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2013 and a Sweet 16 in 2015. As of late Tuesday afternoon, banners recognizing nine Missouri Valley Conference schools remained in the rafters of Koch Arena.


More News

News
More News