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Saturday, September 5, 2015

HSE to fund on limited basis cost of multiple sclerosis drug

Extended campaign by patients proves success for medicine that helps sufferers to walk

Patients have been paying up to €500 a month for Fampridine from their own resources. Photograph: Getty Images
Patients have been paying up to €500 a month for Fampridine from their own resources. Photograph: Getty Images

Sept 3, 2015  -  The Health Service Executive has agreed to fund on a limited basis the cost of a drug that helps people with multiple sclerosis to walk.
The announcement that Fampridine (known commercially as Fampyra) is to be reimbursed under the State-funded drugs schemes follows a lengthy campaign by patients who says the drug has greatly aided their mobility.
The HSE says it is in the final stages of putting in place the arrangement around a “responder-based” reimbursement programme for Fampridine.

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