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Oral MS treatment Tecfidera commissioned in Northern Ireland

Oral MS treatment Tecfidera commissioned in Northern Ireland

It is now official you can use Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) to treat people who have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland.

A service notification was issued by Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board for the said treatment. This basically means that there are arrangements which are in place to see that routine administration as well as prescriptions of the treatment is funded for patients who are eligible in Northern Ireland.

The pill, which is supposed to be taken twice every day, has proven to be very effective when dealing with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in that it cuts the rates of the relapse. In addition to that this drug can also reduce the progression of disability.
So who is eligible for the treatment? Well if you live in Northern Ireland and have an active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis then the drug Tecfidera will be available to you. In addition to that, you will also be allowed to use the other MS medicines. That said I would advice that you first discuss your options with an MS specialist.

So what about review appointments? Well Patricia Gordon, who is the Director of the MS Society Northern Ireland said that, "This represents another step forward in the treatment of MS and we hope this development will speed up access to this treatment which is proven to be safe and effective.

We encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for this treatment or who wishes to explore other treatment options to seek a review with their MS specialist. Access to timely, highly quality appointments is a crucial step in receiving the right treatment at the right time.”

 

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