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The Price of Life
Wednesday, 17th June 2009
9pm to 10pm
On a finite budget, the NHS cannot afford to offer every treatment that is out there on the market. So the question becomes: on what basis should the most expensive of treatments and medications be commissioned, or should they be commissioned at all?
Director Adam Wishart follows the intricate decision about one drug, Revlimid, which has been shown to extend the life of patients suffering from myeloma for whom all other treatments have failed. However with a price tag of over £30,000 per patient per year is the drug cost effective, and what else could be done with this money if it weren't being spent on extending the life of one patient.
The documentary has unprecedented access to the decision-makers at the National Institute for Health and Clinical as they decide the balance of cost and clinical efficacy. Plus it hears the stories of the patients who need and understandably demand this life-extending treatment; and of the American company that discovered the drug and will make a fortune from its sale if it's accepted as a recognised and paid for treatment on the NHS.
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