Questions from Fylde coast MP on cancer drug use

Mark Menzies
Mark Menzies

A Fylde coast MP has pressed the Government on making a cancer drug available on the NHS.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, asking when he plans to make a decision on the drug Nivolumab, which can be used to treat advanced and spreading cancers .

George Freeman the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, told him: “The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a positive scientific opinion concerning the use of Nivolumab for renal cell carcinoma under the Early Access to Medicines Scheme on 11 February 2016.”

He added: “This scientific opinion has now lapsed as Nivolumab has received its marketing authorisation for use in for renal cell carcinoma from the European Commission.”