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    Posted in category ABPI statement by Press Office on 15/01/2013

    ABPI responds to announcement of a new fund in Scotland for people with rare diseases

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement of a new fund to allow access to medicines for people with rare diseases, Andrew Powrie-Smith, ABPI Scotland Director, said:


"This new fund is good news for access to medicines in Scotland, and the ABPI welcomes it. As with some disease areas, for example, neurological diseases, there are particular challenges around rare and orphan medicines which make it difficult to fit them into the system for assessing more mainstream medicines, and we are pleased that the Scottish Government are addressing them.

"We look forward to further announcements coming from the Scottish Government’s new medicines review around how the criteria for individual patient treatment requests will be altered so that appropriate patients are able to access innovative medicines through the new fund."

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The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.

Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. Our members supply 90 per cent of all medicines used by the NHS, and are researching and developing over two-thirds of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome diseases.

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