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September 10, 2009

NICE Nixes Cancer Drug

A day doesn't go by without a story from Britain warning us not to let bureaucrats push us over the cliff into socialized medicine. Today's tale of terror:

A drug that significantly extends life expectancy for patients with liver cancer is set to be refused by the government's health watchdog.
Nexavar increases survival rates by 44 per cent and without it, the only option for patients is supportive and palliative care to make their final months less painful.
However, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is set to refuse to make it available on the NHS.
In the UK, there are approximately 2,800 new diagnoses of primary liver cancer made every year and the disease is responsible for causing around 2,800 deaths annually.
In May this year when NICE published their preliminary findings into the drug, they said that the drug "would not be a cost-effective use of NHS resources".

It's bad losing 2,800 taxpayers to fleece, but good for the healthcare system to have 2,800 fewer mouths to feed, and people debilitated by liver cancer produce less tax loot anyway. The NICE bureaucrats decided who will die accordingly.

On a tip from Gore Blimey.

Posted by Van Helsing at September 10, 2009 6:54 AM


Britain is such a NICE place to visit. I just wouldnt want to live there and DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Posted by: Ghost of Gallstone at September 10, 2009 7:11 AM

"There will be no death panels."

That's correct. There will, on the other hand, be panels (committees) of bureaucrats that will cause death and destruction as a direct result of their decisions.

Apparently that's way to nuanced for smucks like me to tell apart like my more smarter fellow citizens do. I guess I are dumb.

Posted by: chuck in st paul at September 10, 2009 7:28 AM

Theres nothing realy nice about NICE its acuialy NASTY

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at September 10, 2009 7:39 AM

Sebelius, Are you listening!?

What Is ThedaCare

Posted by: TED at September 10, 2009 8:38 AM

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