Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Wait and don't see!

Englishman must go blind to get NHS help

Why is the BBC not prepared to report that if ex-serviceman Leslie Howard lived in Scotland rather than West Yorkshire, he could be treated for wet AMD on the NHS without needing to go blind in one eye first?

The decision to refuse treatment with new drugs, known as anti-VEGF, was made by the North Yorkshire and York PCT because it has not yet received final guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) on their use.

Macugen was approved by the Scottish Medicines Consortium for the treatment of wet AMD in August 2006!

"Whilst the SMC's decision is great news for patients in Scotland, it doesn't help people with wet AMD in the rest of the UK" - Steve Winyard, RNIB Head of Campaigns

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