Rethink on MS pill Gilenya gives hope to Scots sufferers

Gilenya, or Fingolimod, is the first approved oral disease modifying drug for MS.

Rethink on MS pill Gilenya gives hope to Scots sufferers

Postby MSUK » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:23 am


Multiple sclerosis sufferers in Scotland will learn today if the world’s first oral pill to alleviate symptoms of the condition is to be prescribed on the NHS.

The drug, Fingolimod, is already available to MS patients in England and Wales after being approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in March. But the Scottish Medicines Consortium, which evaluates drugs for use in Scotland and ruled earlier this year that it did not provide value for money, has now reconsidered its decision.

The earlier judgment sparked anger among campaigners in Scotland, which is believed to have the highest rate of MS in the world, with approximately 10,500 diagnosed cases.... Read More - ... ageid/1309
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