‘Denial of cancer drug left me on death row’

By Ashleigh Barbour

Published: 25/05/2013

A TERMINALLY ill north-east father says he has been “left on death row” after being denied a drug that could keep him alive – because he lives in Scotland.

Brian Bonar said his life was being cut even shorter because he was not eligible for the controversial drug cetuximab, a cancer treatment not deemed cost-effective enough for widespread prescription on the NHS.

The frustrated father-of-two, who lives in Aberdeen, said doctors had told him the drug was his last option but he would need to move to England to get it free.

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