Postcode Lottery & Cancer Drugs (Inside Out)

Cancer medicines that are not approved for use in Wales are available to patients in England - an example of the "postcode lottery"

Cancer medicines that are not approved for use in Wales are available to patients in England – an example of the “postcode lottery”

Broadcaster: BBC1 (London)

Year: 2014

Genre: Factual, News magazine

http://bobnational.net/record/247162

The term “postcode lottery” emerges from the fact that access to particular drugs and treatments can vary depending upon where you live.  In the clip (8 mins 25), Annie moved from Wales to live with her daughter in London to be eligible to receive the anti-cancer drug Avastin. Another woman, Rose, is still living in Wales but relies on using up her pension pot and fundraising by friends in order to receive Avastin privately.

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