Most new cancer drugs are not worth the money being sought by pharmaceutical companies, the head of the state’s medicines watchdog has said in a stark assessment.
Professor Michael Barry, who heads up the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), said the state was funding cancer drugs that cost anywhere between €50,000 and €100,000 per patient per year that “very often only prolong life by a few months – if even [that]”.
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