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MS in the Media - 6 April 2018

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30 March - 6 April 2018

These are links to news stories from the last week that may be of interest to people in the UK. The link beneath each item will take you to the original story.

Please note that the MS Trust did not write the original items and does not endorse their content nor any claims made in them.

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NICE says no to ocrelizumab for RRMS

NICE has judged the cost of the drug for relapsing MS to be "too high to be considered an acceptable use of NHS resources", according to their draft appraisal. There is now a public consultation on the draft until 25 April. A final decision is expected in July.

Source: NICE
Source: Pharma Times

MS Trust link: Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus)

Childbirth pain relief doesn't increase relapse risk

The use of neuraxial analgesia (pain relief during labour) didn't seem to increase the risk of relapses in women with MS according to a review of previous studies.

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Pregnancy: labour and delivery

Cognitive training helps memory

A computer-based course of cognitive training helped improve cognitive symptoms, particularly memory, according to a review of nine previous studies. The studies didn't specify if people with different types of MS did better than others

Source: Neurology Advisor

MS Trust link: Cognition and cognitive symptoms

Prescription charge increase

The cost of a prescription in England went up by 20p to £8.80 on 1 April. The cost of certificates (PPCs) covering all prescriptions is a three month or twelve month period remain unchanged. There are no prescription charges in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Source: iNews

MS Trust link: Prescription charges

Flying with a disability

The government is considering ways to improve standards for people with a disability travelling by air.

Source: BBC

MS Trust link: Travelling and holidays