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Trust investigates cancer drug refusal allegations

28 August 2008

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An investigation has been launched into claims by a young cancer patient that she was refused antisickness tablets by her GP because they were “too expensive”.

Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust is to investigate claims by Amy Meehan, 21, that her GP refused her a repeat prescription for the antinausea drug ondansetron.

Miss Meehan was prescribed the drugs to combat sickness brought on by the gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy she was undergoing for cervical cancer.

She claims when she asked for more, her GP told her they were too expensive at £71 for 10 tablets.

The GP is alleged to have eventually prescribed one course of the tablets but told Meehan to return to her oncologist and explain they were too expensive.

No one was available to comment at Ashcroft Surgery where Miss Meehan saw the GP.

A spokeswoman for Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust said: “We are aware that the GP practice has now received a complaint. This will be looked into in line with its complaints procedure. The prescribing of medication is a clinical decision based on discussion between the clinician and the patient.”

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