MS SOCIETY RESPONDS TO NEW NICE CLINICAL GUIDELINES ON MS

MS SOCIETY RESPONDS TO NEW NICE CLINICAL GUIDELINES ON MS

The National Institute of Health Care Excellence (NICE) has just rejected two multiple sclerosis treatments that relieve symptoms which are brought about by Multiple sclerosis.

The guideline, which is the first to be published in over a decade, outlines guidelines on how treatment of people who have multiple sclerosis will be done by the NHS.

The Treatments Rejected By NICE
The two treatments rejected by NICE are Sativex and Fampyra. According to NICE the two treatment methods were too expensive. The two treatment methods have been proven to be very effective when dealing with multiple sclerosis. For instance Sativex, a licensed cannabis based treatment, has proven to be very effective when it comes to relieving severe muscle stiffness and spasms.

Flawed Process
The MS society has disputed the decision which was announced by NICE stating that NICE’s decision to reject the two treatments was based on an assessment which was flawed as well as inappropriate.
That said the MS society has called upon NICE to conduct another assessment of the two treatments by conducting a full technology appraisal of Sativex. According to the society conducting a full technology appraisal will make it possible for a full assessment of the two treatments to be done.

Significant Gains made
Despite the decision by NICE which basically sees people who are living with MS being denied access to the new medication, there are positive notes within the new guidelines that were issued out by NICE, which helped in setting out a clear direction on how people with MS will be taken care of by NHS. the MS society
 

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