According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, only 2-3 per cent of MS patients receive beta interferon
in the UK, compared with an average of 12 to 15 per cent in other European countries.
It has no cure but the drug beta interferon
can slow it.
should not be given to NHS patients with multiple sclerosis, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) is to recommend.
MS sufferers in Scotland are lobbying the Scottish Parliament to make another drug, beta interferon
, available throughout the country.
MULTIPLE sclerosis campaigners in Coventry have attacked recommendations which could lead to the drug beta interferon
being dumped from the NHS.
The mother-of-two, who uses a stick to help her to walk, had to walk 100 yards without aid to qualify for the drug beta interferon
, but was then told by the health authority she would be placed on a waiting list.
MULTIPLE sclerosis victims face a new delay to find out if they will get the "wonder drug" beta interferon
The first studies of beta interferon
for MS began at the end of the 1970s.
She has suffered from multiple sclerosis since 1997, but has been on beta interferon
for the last six months, which has revolutionised her quality of life.
My husband, 58, who has multiple sclerosis, has tried for five years to get Beta Interferon
but has been refused because the NHS can't afford it.
Perhaps newer treatments such as beta interferon
aren't going to work for them.
But a ban on the anti-impotence pill Viagra, a U-turn on the flu remedy Relenza and long delays in ruling on the multiple sclerosis drug beta interferon
appear to have dented doctors' confidence in Nice.