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Cancer Treatment

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list drugs for cancer treatment which have been through trials and been passed but which are not available on national health service prescriptions.

All drugs licensed for use in the treatment of cancer are available for prescription under the NHS. However, some hospitals have drawn up formularies of preferred treatments for many conditions which the doctors involved would usually prescribe.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the drug ondansetron to be available on a national health service prescription.

Ondansetron has been launched on to the market by its manufacturer. The drug is now therefore available for prescription by doctors throughout the national health service for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy for cancer.