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Drug companies dropping prices, doctors' anger over spurious sex claims and the pill which 'harnesses the health-giving benefits of tomatoes'

Our roundup of news headlines on Monday 21 December 2009.

Our roundup of news headlines on Monday 21 December 2009.

We start this week with a good news health story for a change, courtesy of the Independent, which reports that NICE is 'winning the price war with drug companies'.

The paper says that on at least three occasions in the past year drug companies have lowered the price of cancer drugs in order to get them approved – with the latest example being trabectedin, a drug for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma.

Immediately below this welcome news, however, is a rather more sobering story – according to a survey by Macmillan Cancer Support, one in four cancer patients will ‘stay wrapped up in bed this Christmas because they cannot afford to switch on the heating.'

The Telegraph reports that doctors are demanding more protection against spurious sexual allegations, amid mounting anger over the treatment of falsely accused gynaecologist Angus Thomson. It follows a call from the Medical Protection Society for doctors to have more power to take action against patients who fabricate complaints.

And finally, the Telegraph heralds the British launch of an anti-ageing pill ‘the size of a Smartie' which claims to be able to dramatically slow down ageing of the skin. The paper says: ‘Known as Innéov Fermeté, it is claimed that taking one of these pills just once a day will lead to a younger appearance by harnessing the health-giving properties of tomatoes.'

It's already on sale in parts of Europe and South America, and while there's no exact date of a British launch given, we are told it will cost ‘about £25 for a 10-day supply'. No word yet on whether NICE will help with a bit of bartering…

Daily Digest

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