Cancer experts say EU rules deny kids medicines

February 10, 2014 10:07 PM

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“This is out of kilter with what we believe about cancer,” said Alan Ashworth, director of Britain’s Institute of Cancer Research at a press briefing on Monday. “A drug developed for cancer in adults could also be effective against a cancer affecting a completely different part of the body in children,” he said. Ashworth said that more than half of cancer drugs developed in Europe with potential benefits for children are not tested in them.

Because cancer doesn’t affect many children — there are about 15,000 new cases in Europe every year — drug companies don’t often prioritize developing new therapies for them.

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