Patients with rare conditions face postcode lottery

Patients with rare conditions face postcode lottery
 

Figures contained in a new report by the think-tank 20:20 Health, claims the NHS is providing an unequal service. Photograph: Cate Gillon/Getty Images Seriously ill patients with life-threatening rare diseases are being denied vital drugs because of a postcode lottery across the NHS that campaigners say is frustrating and unfair.
New research reveals that patients with a rare condition have much less chance of accessing "orphan" medication if they live in England rather than Scotland or Wales. "Orphan" drugs treat patients with a condition affecting fewer than five in... read more

 
20 October 2012 in Health, Views: 10
Source: Guardian
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