Paisley presses for approval for new Cystic Fibrosis drugs

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has again raised the issue of NICE approval for new drugs to treat conditions including Cystic Fibrosis and certain cancers.

By Ian Paisley MP

North Antrim

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He raised the issue in the House of Commons yesterday.

Speaking afterwards the DUP MP said, “These drugs are often regarded as ‘miracle cures’ for people suffering from conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis yet they are not available because they have not been approved by NICE.

I have been challenging this system for some time, and as a result of recent pressure, the pharmaceutical company Vertex which manufactures and develops medicines to treat Cystic Fibrosis has requested a meeting to discuss their attempts to secure NICE approval. I will be meeting with the company on Wednesday and will continue to press for movement on an issue of huge importance for people with CF, a condition that affects one in every 2,500 babies born across the United Kingdom.”

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