Responding to the publication of Dr Brian Montgomery's Review of Access to New Medicines this morning, ABPI Director - Scotland, Sandra Auld, said:
“I am pleased that the review has now been published. Throughout, Dr Montgomery has focused on what is best for patients, a focus we endorse.
"His review's comments on the need for earlier collaboration between NHSScotland and the pharmaceutical industry in bringing new medicines to market, are very welcome and will be important in reducing delays for patients gaining access to new medicines. We look forward to working with NHSScotland on how this early engagement can be introduced to the process.
"Similarly, the recommendation that we need an alternative assessment pathway for ultra-orphan medicines is one that we feel could make a real difference to patients accessing these medicines.
"The entire review by Dr Montgomery has been run in an open and consultative manner, and as the body representing the pharmaceutical industry to the review, we are committed to working together with everyone involved to iron out the details and the practicalities of Dr Montgomery's recommendations and I look forward to ABPI Scotland's involvement in the multi-agency taskforce."
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