Published date: 10 Sep 2012 at 12:25PM
Patricia Gordon, Director for the MS Society in Scotland said:
“We welcome the decision which will increase the treatment options for people with highly active MS. For the last 10 years people with MS have needed to inject to receive their medicines – a pill represents a significant step forward and will greatly improve quality of life”.
In welcoming this decision today by the SMC, the MS Society expects that the Health Boards will make available this new treatment.
Gilenya is the first oral treatment for MS and was licensed in March 2011. 38,000 patients around the world are already being treated with the drug.
The decision today is a u-turn by the SMC, whose previous guidance up until now refused to approve the use of Gilenya by health boards, on the grounds of cost effectiveness.
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