Nearly half a million women are being denied a 7p-a-day pill that could prevent breast cancer because of NHS red tape.
Those with a family history of the illness should be offered Tamoxifen or the similar drug Raloxifene, which can cut their risk by 40 per cent.
The medicines watchdog NICE urged doctors to offer the pills to high- and moderate-risk women for prevention last June.
The drugs cost less than 7p a day, and experts say giving them to at-risk patients will not only save lives, but millions of pounds in treatment costs for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
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