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Policy paper on Repurposing

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January 2017

Repurposing drugs for cancer treatment: unlocking the potential

Various drugs already widely used for non-cancer diseases have shown promise for the
treatment of cancer. Repurposing these drugs could allow new cancer treatments to be
introduced relatively quickly and at low cost, thereby meeting the unmet needs of patients
and healthcare payers alike. Focusing on medicines that are off-patent or near to patent
expiry, this paper explains the actions needed at policy level to adapt regulatory, research
and funding systems to unlock the enormous potential benefits of repurposed medicines.

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