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Epilepsy: Drugs

Question for Department of Health

UIN 27533, tabled on 19 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Accelerated Access Review will ensure that people with epilepsy will have access to drugs found by whole genome sequencing to be effective in treating the cause of their individual epilepsy.

Answered on

24 February 2016

The Accelerated Access Review, chaired by Sir Hugh Taylor, will make recommendations to government on reforms to accelerate access for National Health Service patients to innovative medicines and medical technologies making our country the best place in the world to design, develop and deploy these products. The terms of the reference for the review focus on faster access to innovations, which may include drugs identified through whole genome sequencing as effective for the treatment of epilepsies affecting individual patients.

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