Existing drugs could ‘help people with Parkinson’s disease and MS’
There have been calls from leading medical professionals for the law to be changed so that existing cheap drugs, which are already prescribed to hundreds of thousands of patients across the UK, can be given to help more people with a wider range of conditions.
According to the report, patients with breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis would be able to benefit from certain drugs that cost pennies, but a law change is needed first due to the licenses given to medicines.
In a letter sent to The Telegraph newspaper, a total of 40 doctors and medics, including the president of the Royal College of Radiologists, said: “We fully endorse the principles of this Bill and hope that the Government will support it to become law.
“It could benefit hundreds of thousands of people – some of whom currently face very limited treatment options – across a range of diseases, including breast, prostate, brain and blood cancers, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.”
Current research has indicated that a number of drugs could be given new licenses to help treat other conditions.
Statins, for example, are said to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease among sufferers.
Other readily available and affordable medicines could be used as the first drugs taken by people who have the secondary progressive form of MS, in order to help prevent the development of the disease.
130,000 people with Parkinson’s disease would also benefit from license changes.