Beta Interferon

Health written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the mechanism by which patients will be able to participate in the extended clinical trials of the beta interferon drug.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

We are currently holding discussions with the manufacturers to consider a range of options under which drugs for multiple sclerosis might be made available under the national health service. One option is a risk-sharing scheme which will evaluate their clinical and cost effectiveness, and until these discussions are concluded we cannot provide the information requested.

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