CANCER sufferer Stuart Rickard is going to be allowed to have a life-lengthening drug free on the NHS after all. Mr Rickard, from Woolsery, was twice refused the drug Sunitinib by Devon Primary Care Trust and a fund was started to help him but it private

CANCER sufferer Stuart Rickard is going to be allowed to have a life-lengthening drug free on the NHS after all.Mr Rickard, from Woolsery, was twice refused the drug Sunitinib by Devon Primary Care Trust and a fund was started to help him buy it privately at a cost of around £3,000 a month.Yesterday (Thursday), his case was reviewed by Devon PCT and he was told he would be able to have the drug on the NHS after all.A PCT spokesperson said: "The appeals process carried out by Devon PCT has shown that the first decision made by the Individual Patient Funding Panel concerning Mr Rickard's case was correct."It should be stressed that the appeals panel focuses on the proceses used by the IPFP to reach their decision, not clinical evidence."However, in the time period between the first decision and the case coming to appeal, new clinical guidance was issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)."The case has been reviewed in light of this latest guidance and a decision has been reached that Mr Rickard is entitled to receive Sunitinib under the NHS.