Give people with PPMS the treatment they need, MS Society campaign #SpeakupforMS

Blocking of a drug as a treatment for primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), making it unavailable for use by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), is being challenged by the country’s MS Society. And it has coupled its opposition with a call to arms – inviting everyone to #SpeakupforMS. Holly, from the society’s campaigns community, … Continue reading Give people with PPMS the treatment they need, MS Society campaign #SpeakupforMS

MS drug Ocrevus could be barred from health service

Ocrevus may have taken the worldwide multiple sclerosis community by storm but it seems set for a rocky ride in the United Kingdom. It’s quite possible that it will not be available through the country’s National Health Service (NHS). Although the drug1, known by the non-brand name, ocrelizumab, was licensed by the European Medicines Agency … Continue reading MS drug Ocrevus could be barred from health service

Medicinal cannabis legalisation could help treat many diseases

Disease and patient-orientated organisation the MS Society is leading support for a move to legalise medicinal cannabis in the UK. The House of Commons is soon to consider the Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill 2017-19. It is a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West. The Bill is due … Continue reading Medicinal cannabis legalisation could help treat many diseases

MS bodies look for NICE support for PPMS treatment

Leading MS organisations are seeking support to gain approval for ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) to treat all primary progressive MS (PPMS). It is already approved for use against early PPMS. Both of the UK’s MS Society and MS Trust are campaigning to get the medication approved for wider use by the country’s National Health Service (NHS). And … Continue reading MS bodies look for NICE support for PPMS treatment

Healthy eating can improve MS symptoms, but societies won’t endorse any one diet

Multiple sclerosis organisations around the world back the idea that eating a healthy diet can help people with the disease. But they are refusing, correctly in my view, to get behind any one diet. A new study, published in Neurology, says that eating a healthy diet may be linked with reduced disability and fewer MS … Continue reading Healthy eating can improve MS symptoms, but societies won’t endorse any one diet

Government budget disappointment: Extra cash but not enough for health, social care crisis ignored

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, the UK government minister in charge of the Treasury, is under fire from critics. Last week, Hammond introduced his budget that included £2.8bn funding for frontline NHS services in England over the next three years. Crucially, though, and in my view shamefully, he did absolutely nothing to tackle the … Continue reading Government budget disappointment: Extra cash but not enough for health, social care crisis ignored

Care homes for older people housing younger people, some with MS

The MS Society has discovered 3,000-plus people under the age of 65 living in care homes for older people. And that includes younger people with MS. So, almost one in seven younger adults in UK residential care could be living in homes not designed for them. Yes, it's amazing, shocking, but true. It’s clear that … Continue reading Care homes for older people housing younger people, some with MS