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Wednesday March 28 2018 10:20 AM

Minister for Health Simon Harris has agreed to meet with MS Ireland regarding ocrelizumab

MS Ireland welcomed the news this morning (Wednesday, 28th March 2018) that a spokesperson from the office of Simon Harris has agreed that the Minister will meet with representatives from the organisation “in the near future” to discuss a possible pilot scheme to make new medication ocrelizumab available to people with primary progressive MS as soon as possible. 

MS Ireland wrote to the Minister in December, outlining concerns that this medication – the first ever to be indicated for primary progressive MS – would be delayed in the system. Ocrelizumab is currently being assessed by the National Centre for Pharmaco-economics (NCPE) to determine if a recommendation will be made that the HSE should reimburse it. MS Ireland requested that the Minister consider a pilot reimbursement system whereby ocrelizumab is made available to people with primary progressive MS while negotiations on price are ongoing, similar to the system that currently exists in Germany. Ocrelizumab has been available to people with MS in Germany since receiving a license from the European Medicines Agency in January.

MS Ireland does not have a date for a meeting with the Minister yet and will be in touch with his office to try and secure a date as soon as possible.

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Author: MS Ireland

Tags: ocrelizumab, ms, multiplesclerosis



Thursday March 29 2018 18:22

Would appreciate if minister agrees with trial as I’m a sufferer of primary progressive MS


Friday March 30 2018 12:17

Hopefully soon! As a PPMS sufferer I live in hope it's available soon


Thursday September 13 2018 23:22

Has there been any progress on this?


Sunday September 30 2018 22:04

As an MS sufferer I also hope this is approved soon.


Monday October 01 2018 11:27

It seems the answer is No...


Friday January 18 2019 17:53

Need this drug asap my progression with ms is very scary for me. Please approve it soon

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