Access for all cervical cancer patients to experimental drug Pembro confirmed
It has been confirmed the Health Service Executive is putting in place arrangements to provide access to the experimental drug Pembrolizumab (Pembro) to all women suffering from cervical cancer on a case-by-case basis. The move follows discussions between the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive.
In a statement, the department said the drug would be provided "when a treating clinician determines that this is in the patient’s best interests". It said the HSE is communicating this approach to hospitals and medical oncologists. Last month, the Clinical Director of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics, Professor Michael Barry, said the drug would be made available to all women suffering from cervical cancer under a "managed access programme".
The development has been welcomed by the Labour Party's health spokesperson Alan Kelly who said the announcement "has been a long time coming for women with cervical cancer".
Vicky Phelan, the women's health campaigner, said on Twitter that she was "delighted" with the news which has come during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.
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