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AstraZeneca Seeking to Get Cancer Drugs to Patients Early

AstraZeneca Seeking to Get Cancer Drugs to Patients Early | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"British patients could benefit from AstraZeneca's promising new cancer drugs well before they complete clinical testing, the Telegraph can reveal.


"Pascal Soriot, chief executive, told the Telegraph he was looking to make two of Astra's most eye-catching cancer drugs widely available to patients as soon as possible.


"Britain's recently launched early access to medicines scheme, which aims to get drugs to patients years earlier than the normal regulatory process allows, is among the programmes in Mr Soriot's sights. The US, France and Japan have also established pathways to fast-track promising new drugs to patients ahead of final regulatory approval."

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The Telegraph  |  Jun 2, 2014

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‘Early Access’ Scheme Unveiled for Innovative Medicines

‘Early Access’ Scheme Unveiled for Innovative Medicines | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"People with advanced cancer and other serious illnesses like dementia could soon benefit from early access to innovative and promising treatments.

"The Early Access to Medicines scheme would enable safe and promising drugs to be 'fast tracked' into the NHS before they have even been granted a licence for use.

"The new scheme will allow patients without other treatment options to be given experimental drugs that have not yet been licensed but that have been deemed safe and effective through clinical trials.

"Experts will carry out a rapid analysis of the treatment before labelling it a 'promising innovative medicine'.

"The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will then offer a scientific opinion based on a medicine’s risks and benefits. If the benefits are found to outweigh the risks, doctors will be given the green light to offer the drug to patients."


Editor's Note: This UK program is similar to a program already in place in the US that allows patients to request access to drugs still being tested in clinical trials. Even though so-called "compassionate access" is possible, the process can be quite difficult for patients. Learn more about it  from our blog feature on the topic.

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Cancer Research UK  |  Mar 14, 2014

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GW Pharmaceuticals Announces That Sativex Receives Fast Track Designation From FDA in Cancer Pain

"Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq:GWPH) (AIM:GWP) ("GW," "the Company" or "the Group"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to Sativex® for the treatment of pain in patients with advanced cancer, who experience inadequate analgesia during optimized chronic opioid therapy. Sativex is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials for this indication.


"FDA's Fast Track program facilitates the development of drugs intended to treat serious or life‑threatening conditions and that have the potential to address unmet medical needs. A drug program with Fast Track status is afforded greater access to the FDA for the purpose of expediting the drug's development, review and potential approval."

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Nasdaq  |  Apr 28, 2014

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