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Ministers must make sure underlying problems around patient access to new drugs are tackled

January 15, 2013 10:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on a Scottish Government announcement that it is to launch aJim HumeJim Hume fund to cover the cost of medicines to treat individual patients with rare conditions, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"This new fund put in place following interim advice from Professor Charles Swainson shows that all is not well with the current Individual Patient Treatment Request system.

"While this extra money may help people access the medicines they need, Ministers must make sure that the underlying problems around access to new drugs are tackled so the system is fair for patients across Scotland, regardless of background.

"I was deeply disturbed to hear evidence that articulate applicants are more likely to access medicines than vulnerable people who cannot speak up for themselves or do not know the system."