16 - 22 June 2018
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NICE say yes to Ocrevus for RRMS
NICE has approved Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) as a treatment for people with active relapsing remitting MS who are unable to take alemtuzumab (Lemtrada). NICE's decision covers England and Wales. Northern Ireland usually follows NICE decisions. The SMC are expected to publish their guidance for Scotland in July
Source: Pharma Times
Review of medical cannabis
The Home Secretary has announced a review of the use and potential harms of medicinal cannabis. This could lead to a rescheduling of its use as a treatment. The government have no plans to legalise or decriminalise the drug for recreational use.
MS Trust link: Cannabis
Tysabri in SPMS
My search for MS support while studying for a PhD
4 Mar 2021 - 00:00
Laura is studying a PhD in Cancer Genomics and was diagnosed with MS in September 2020 following multiple hospital admissions. Here, Laura talks about how this affected her mental health and what more could be done to support other students going through the same thing.
MS, my mental health and a university degree
4 Mar 2021 - 00:00
Scarlet talks about how she learnt to manage her MS and mental health alongside the stresses of completing a university degree.
Receiving an MS diagnosis during my gender transition
22 Feb 2021 - 00:00
Chris shares his experience of being diagnosed with MS at the same time as starting hormone treatment and a surgical gender transition.