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Anger over decision to refuse patients MS drugs

MS sufferers denied drugs which can stop patients “screaming out in pain”

File photo: A Multiple Sclerosis consultation

NHS patients to get new MS drug

  • Treatment not only stops the disease from advancing but may help patients recover from disability
  • Scientists have spent 25 years developing treatment at Cambridge
  • Alemtuzumab infusion is given in two short courses over two years
  • Despite costing £56,000, NICE has ruled treatment is cost-effective

By Jenny Hope

 

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A new treatment for Multiple Sclerosis not only stops the disease from advancing but may help patients recover from disability.

Remarkable results for the drug alemtuzumab mean it has been approved for use on the NHS and is now available in England.

Originally a pioneering cancer therapy, Cambridge University scientists have spent almost 25 years developing it as a treatment for MS sufferers.

Trials involving more than 1,500 patients show treatment led to fewer relapses compared with multiple jabs of the treatment beta interferon each week, cutting further disability and even allowing some existing damage to recover.

MS sufferer left ‘disgusted’ with care firm’s help

She was left without help
Lorraine Mansell

Published on the 07 April
2014
07:28

MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Lorraine Mansell says a care company is ‘disgusting’ after she was left without help.

The 56-year-old needs two carers to help her four times a day as her condition means she cannot walk or use her left arm.

The carers help her out of bed in the morning and make her breakfast, help at lunchtime, teatime, and get her to bed at 9pm,

But Mrs Mansell, of Harvard Close, Lee-on-the-Solent, said that company Apex Care – a private company contracted by Hampshire County Council – has let her down.

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