MS drug Gilenya now available on NHS
Published date: 03 Aug 2012 at 12:31PM
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence announced back in April that the NHS would have to provide the treatment to anyone with relapsing remitting MS, who has not responded to beta interferon injections.
Health authorities in England and Wales have had three months to make the pill available to those that meet the criteria following the guidance from NICE, which advises the NHS on treatments and care. Any authority not providing the treatment will be in breech of NHS Constitution.
Laura Weir, Head of Policy & Campaigns at the MS Society, said: “People with MS should have equal access to treatment that is right for them, regardless of where they live, so this is good news for many with relapsing remitting MS. It is a legal right to access treatments recommended by NICE and people with MS should be able to discuss their treatment options with an MS specialist to find out if this treatment is a suitable option for them."
38,000 patients around the world are already being treated with the drug. That includes nearly 5,000 people in Germany, which received the licence for the treatment at the same time as the UK.
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