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Patients Denied Drugs

According to a new report, UK taxpayers are funding billions of pounds worth of research into life-changing drugs only to be told they cannot have them when they need them.

UK taxpayers are funding billions of pounds worth of research into life-changing drugs - only to be told they can't have them when they need them. 5 live Investigates has seen new research which shows that the NHS spent more than a billion pounds last year alone on medicines which were developed using our money - and those were just the drugs that were deemed affordable. Many more which have been researched and developed with taxpayer's cash aren't made available to patients because they're regarded as too expensive. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry says drug companies invest billions in the research and development of medicines over long periods.

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