NHS patients in England can now benefit from early access to breakthrough medicines thanks to a new fund.
The Innovative Medicines Fund (IMF) is similar to the existing Cancer Medicines Fund (CDF), accelerating treatments, even if they are expensive and have not yet been approved for routine use by the NHS, and will cover potentially life-saving drugs for genetic diseases. and rare diseases.
The IMF, like the CDF, means that a newly approved drug could be prescribed immediately, before final recommendations are developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Health officials hope that funds like these will improve the lives of many people who might otherwise lack them.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I want NHS patients to be the first in the world to access the most promising and breakthrough treatments that could prolong or save their lives.
“The launch of the Innovative Medicines Fund is another manifesto promise and will accelerate access to cutting-edge medicines for adults and children, to give people hope for a better future.”
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