Anti-Cancer Medicines Availability Study

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

Study partners

This ESMO study is conducted under the auspices of the 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).

Issues to be addressed

The ESMO-led study was launched in April 2014 and aims to tackle:

  • Cancer medicine shortage issues in Europe
  • Barriers to access of new expensive therapies
  • The level of drug reimbursement & affordability to the average patient

The study will not focus on the clinical benefit of the cancer medicines surveyed.

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

The study data was presented at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid; conference participants and ESMO members can access the event webcast via myESMO. You will need to sign in to your myESMO account.
A publication in ESMO's scientific journal Annals of Oncology is due early 2015.

Watch the study leaders explain it in their own words