Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has said the decision by the HSE to approve funding for Fampyra, a drug used to treat Multiple Sclerosis, will have life changing effects for those with the disease in Counties Meath and Westmeath, and throughout Ireland.
“This is great news and I very much welcome this decision by the HSE, which will benefit many people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Fampyra has a very positive impact on many people and the decision to fund the drug will change the
lives of those people. It helps with mobility and walking speed, and also has an impact on hand function, allowing those with the disease to carry out routine functions much more easily” the Meath West T.D. and Minister said.
“When trials of the drug ended last year the patients who were benefiting from the drug were very concerned that they could not afford to continue paying for it. Both the HSE and the manufacturer, Biogen, have been in negotiations for some time, and this positive outcome is very welcome, as it will benefit many people and have a very positive impact on their everyday lives” concluded Minister English.