Latest News: Treatments & Research

Patient and Caregiver Survey: Understanding Your Views on Spinal Muscular Atrophy Treatments

19 August 2019 / Posted in: Information, Treatments & Research

This survey by Acaster Lloyd Consulting Ltd, is designed to understand your views about the importance of different aspects of SMA treatments and any trade-offs you would consider making. The study findings will be used to help healthcare decision-makers (e.g. NICE in the UK) understand how important different aspects of SMA treatments are to adults and caregivers of children with SMA Types 2 and 3.

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Access to Zolgensma Survey and Submission Sent to NICE

08 August 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Thanks to all who responded to our survey asking for your views on access to Zolgensma for infants with SMA Type 1. We've passed them on to MDUK & TreatSMA and used them in our joint submission with MDUK. Click here to see the results and our submission to NICE.

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Biogen’s Community Statement Answers Some Questions

07 August 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

SMA UK, MDUK and TreatSMA jointly asked Biogen a number of questions relating to access to the nusinersen Managed Access Agreement with NHS England, and access in the UK in general.

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Potential SMA Treatment Granted Orphan Medicinal Product Designation By The European Medicines Agency (EMA)

31 July 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Cytokinetics announced that EMA has granted Orphan Medicinal Product Designation to reldesemtiv for the potential treatment of SMA. Reldesemtiv is a drug that has been shown, in the laboratory, to increase the force generated by skeletal muscle and delay the onset and extent of muscle fatigue.

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NICE Publishes Final Guidance Following Its Appraisal Of Nusinersen

24 July 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

As there have been no appeals, access to the treatment will be as outlined in the Managed Access Agreement. We have not forgotten those who don't currently have access and will continue to work to change this.

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Registration for SMA Europe’s 2nd International Scientific & Clinical Congress on SMA Now Open

19 July 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

The conference will be held at Génocentre in Evry, south of Paris between 5th & 7th February 2020 and is open for healthcare professionals and researchers in SMA to attend. The congress will feature a series of talks and workshops covering key scientific and clinical research fields in SMA.

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Response from NICE to the SMA Community re: NICE's Communications About Access to Nusinersen

10 July 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

We have received this reply in response to the letter sent by SMA UK, MDUK and TreatSMA on 14th June 2019.

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NICE / NHS England announce changes to the nusinersen Managed Access Agreement

03 July 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

The MAA for nusinersen (Spinraza) will now include paediatric patients who have recently (in the previous 12 months) lost the ability to walk independently. It also commits to considering any significant evidence being made available by Biogen in relation to all with SMA Type 3 who are non-ambulant, that may impact on the eligibility criteria of the MAA. These are just two changes following many confidential discussions which we have been unable to report on until now.

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Scottish Government Updates On Access To Nusinersen For Those With SMA Types 2 And 3

02 July 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Following recent communication from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Medicines Consortium webpage for nusinersen has been updated to advise that, as well as being available for those with SMA Type 1, from July 2019 nusinersen can be prescribed for those with SMA Types 2 and 3.

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Guide to the 2017 International Standards Of Care For SMA Launched Today

26 June 2019 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

The SoC is now available via the TREAT-NMD website. It describes what assessments and interventions families and adults should expect to find in any neuromuscular centre anywhere.

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