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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13661: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the commitment in its strategy, Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action, what steps have been taken to assess what can be done to optimise opportunities for access to off-patent drugs.

Answered by: Shona Robison 23 January 2018

A Short Life Working Group was established in 2017 to look at off label cancer medicines. The work of this group supports one of the key ambitions of our national cancer strategy, that is, to maximise the opportunities of increasing access to off patent drugs. We expect a proposal on a national approach to be completed by the Spring.