Anti-Cancer Medicines Availability: General Information

Study objectives: to provide European health authorities with data on the availability of licensed anti-neoplastic medicines across Europe

Study partners

The ESMO European Consortium Study on the Availability of Anti-neoplastic Medicines was conducted under the auspices of the ESMO Global Policy Committee (formerly ESMO Emerging Countries Committee) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the Kings College London Institute of Cancer Policy, the Union for International Cancer Control, and the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy (liaising with the European Association of Hospital Pharmacy).

Study collaborators

ESMO National Representatives Committee

Study objective

The goals of this study are:

  • to provide European health authorities with data on the availability of licensed anti-neoplastic medicines across Europe
  • to report on the actual availability of anti-neoplastic medicines to patients when they are prescribed and when patients can afford them
  • to provide data so that the European Union and the European Medicines Agency can decide how to best address and resolve the challenges identified

Access the European Study Preliminary data session webcast from ESMO 2014

The study data was presented at the  ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid. The peer review period was from 13 November 2014 until 6 February 2015. A publication in ESMO's scientific journal  Annals of Oncology is due in 2016.

Watch the study leaders explain it in their own words