Although the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Nice) is expected to confirm its advice that beta interferon
should not be generally prescribed by NHS doctors - because it is not cost-effective - Health Secretary Alan Milburn is expected to announce an arrangement under which it could be prescribed to relapsing patients, and those in remission, on a trial period.
Multiple Sclerosis sufferers were yesterday offered new hope after the Government announced they could soon benefit from trials of the drug beta interferon
Matthew Newman, aged 32, who works as a design engineer for Land Rover, challenged the primary care group at a public board meeting on Wednesday night after they blocked an initial prescription for beta interferon
to treat his condition.
It has no cure but the drug beta interferon
can slow it.
Preliminary data from European studies of beta interferon
1b (Betaseron) support its use in secondary progressive MS.
A four-year study using a prospectively structured clinical database to assess comparative efficacy and safety of multiple sclerosis therapies, demonstrated that patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) treated with COPAXONE(R) (glatiramer acetate injection) showed superior relapse rate reduction than those treated with beta interferon
should not be given to NHS patients with multiple sclerosis, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) is to recommend.
MULTIPLE sclerosis campaigners in Coventry have attacked recommendations which could lead to the drug beta interferon
being dumped from the NHS.
Nice has issued a confidential consultation document on the use of the drugs beta interferon
and glatiramer for treating MS.
MULTIPLE sclerosis victims face a new delay to find out if they will get the "wonder drug" beta interferon
All recombinant beta interferon
products have been reported to induce neutralizing antibodies (NAB) in a proportion of the patients that may compromise therapeutic efficacy and long term benefits.
MS sufferers in Scotland are lobbying the Scottish Parliament to make another drug, beta interferon
, available throughout the country.