Biogen asks why Ireland won’t fund new spinal muscular atrophy drug

Biogen is also urgently calling on the HSE to reform the appraisal process for orphan medicines to treat rare diseases, arguing that there is a need for a greater degree of flexibility for these assessments

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
22nd July, 2018

Biogen Ireland has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to explain why Ireland joined an EU pharma partnership yet remains the only country in the partnership refusing to fund Biogen’s drug.

Ireland joined the partnership, called BeNeLuxA (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria) in June. It aims to jointly negotiate pharmaceutical deals.

The partnership recently reached its first collective pricing agreement on Spinraza, which is used to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – a...

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