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NEWS: Avastin in Scotland: an open letter from Ovacome

On 10th October 2012, Ovacome, in collaboration with other gynaecological charities and healthcare professional, published an open letter in the Scotsman, calling on Alex Neil MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-Being) to express our concern following the decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) not to approve the availability of bevacizumab (Avastin) for women with ovarian cancer in Scotland.

A copy of the letter can be downloaded from our website here:

We are calling on all our members to write to Ovacome if you feel you support the action the letter is calling for. Then all of your letters can be sent on to Mr Neil to help with getting the situation changed.

If you are affected by this issue in Scotland and would like to add your voice to ours, please forward your letter to:

Ovacome, B5 City Cloisters, 196 Old Street, London EC1V 9FR

Or email us at

Thank you for your support.

1 Reply

We are in the same position in n. ireland although it is , or is to be shortly released for funding for the drug avastin when I inquired to my oncoligist about getting it,I was told then when funding is released it will only be offered to newly diaognosed 0.c sufferers who are a 3c. and in first line chemo not people like me who are a 3c and I have just finished this week my 3rd. line chemo in 2 and a half years.I feel it should be offered to any o.c. sufferer if it will be of benefit to them makes me so mad as we have been through enough without potential lifesaving drugs being with held because of money.You cant put a price on a life.Will you be doing any lobbying for us in n. ireland as we are seriously away behind the rest of the u far as funding drugs is concerned.If you are let me know and I will support you in any way I can.Feel sometimes we are forgotten about over here and very isolated.


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