What is the cost of not treating MS with a disease modifying therapy?

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Professor Ceri Phillips

Swansea University and RAND Europe


About the project

The cost effectiveness of disease modifying therapies (DMTs) is assessed before they are made available on the NHS. But these reviews don’t consider the wider benefits of DMTs, like helping people to stay in work for longer and reducing care requirements.

We want to understand the real cost of not treating MS for people with MS and their families, as well as the NHS.

Our researchers will review all the available data and work with people with MS to understand:

  • the impact of relapses and progression on their quality of life
  • their ability to work,
  • and the need for support from family members and other carers.

How will it help people with MS?

We can use this evidence to improve services for people with MS and to increase access to DMTs.

The difference you can make

You can help us to improve access to DMTs and support people with MS to make informed decisions about treatments.

The next research breakthrough is in reach

Your donation will help stop MS.

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    Our minimum donation is £2, please enter a different amount.

£30could process one blood sample, giving researchers crucial information about genes and the immune system.

£50could pay for an hour on a microscope, so scientists can study cells and tissue in greater detail and improve their understanding of the biology of MS.

£100could pay for half an hour of MRI use, so researchers can monitor the success of clinical trials and understand MS in more detail.

Every penny you give really does take us a step closer to stopping MS. Your donation will make a difference.

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£10a month could pay for lab equipment like microscope slides to study the building blocks of MS

£20a month could pay for lab equipment like petri dishes to grow bacteria important for studying genetics

£30a month could process a blood sample to help us understand what causes MS, so we can stop it in its tracks

Your regular donation means we can keep funding world class MS research with confidence. Together we will stop MS.

MS researcher at work in lab, using a pipette