[pdf] to support the language in the draft WHA cancer resolution calling for a feasibility study on delinkage. The letter argues that cancer medicine prices are too high, “they are not affordable or sustainable, and access to new cancer medicines in unequal and unfair.”
“None of the 56 novel cancer medicines approved by the US FDA [Food and Drug Administration] from 2010 to 2016 are included in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), and many are rationed or not reimbursed even in high income countries, because of the price,” the letter says.
The EU responded that there is a widespread agreement by Member States on the need for a WHO cancer resolution to be adopted in May 2017. “The majority of the Resolution is accepted with great support,” the EU said, according to a copy of the letter. The letter notes the concerns of the EU about the increasing prices of cancer treatments, and states that the European Commission statement “advocates for a robust and comprehensive Cancer Resolution that can help drive national progress, particularly in low- and middle-income countries that face the biggest challenges of a rapidly growing cancer burden. Without mentioning the feasibility study, the letter says “the Cancer Resolution will be a landmark document for cancer and should call for the development and implementation of national cancer plans, population-based cancer registries, a world cancer report and a well-trained oncology workforce.”