Cutting-edge drugs to be fast-tracked to patients

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Cutting-edge drugs to be fast-tracked to patients

State-of-the-art medicines will be fast-tracked to patients thanks to the Early Access to Medicines Scheme.

The scheme will make the UK one of the best countries in the world to capitalise on breakthroughs in medical care.

The Government is determined to strengthen Britain’s science, research and development industry to as part of its long term economic plan.

Severely ill patients with life-threatening and seriously debilitating conditions will be offered the lifeline of trying ground-breaking new edicines years before they would normally reach them.

The Early Access to Medicines scheme will see doctors working with patients to make innovative and promising drugs available as soon the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency – the UK’s regulator – has signalled that the benefits outweigh the risks following an initial scientific assessment.

The scheme is an important addition to the pharmaceutical sector, providing a platform for drugs to be brought to patients at a much faster rate than ever before. The companies will be able to gain experience of their medicines being used in the NHS and work closely with regulators to look at the value of the drugs, gaining guidance and advice much earlier in the regulatory process.

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