Rebecca Evans, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the news that following negotiations with manufacturer Roche, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced that breast cancer drug Kadcyla®, will be routinely available on the Welsh NHS.
This means that Welsh patients with certain types of advanced breast cancer will be able to benefit from the treatment.
The Welsh Government’s £80 million New Treatment Fund has been designed to ensure new medicines such as Kadcyla® can be made available as soon as possible, and certainly within two months of the recommendation from NICE.
Rebecca Evans AM said: "The £80 million New Treatment Fund was a key pledge in our Welsh Labour manifesto at the last Assembly election, and I am delighted that it is already delivering fair access to life-prolonging and life-saving treatments. It shows that we make good on the promises that we make."
Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, said: “I am very pleased to be able to announce that Kadcyla® has been approved for use in Wales following negotiations with the manufacturer.
“We are committed to improving the introduction of innovative, evidence-based, treatments, which is why we’ve introduced an £80 million treatment fund in Wales. The fund will be used to ensure patients get fast-access to this innovative, life-prolonging drug.”