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Narcolepsy medications

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The medication that is prescribed for the treatment of narcolepsy aims to control excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy.

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Sodium oxybate

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Sodium oxybate is a powerful sedative that is sold under the brand name Xyrem

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NHS deny access to Wakix®

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14 September 2017

NHS Northern Treatment Advisory Group seeks to deny access to Wakix® in error filled evidence summary.

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Is Wakix® the new Xyrem® ?

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25 June 2017

Is Wakix® the new Xyrem® ?

I do not ask this because of any similarities between what these two medications can do for people with narcolepsy but for other, far more frustrating reasons. Like Xyrem®, Wakix® has orphan drug status, its effects are not well understood, it is perceived as expensive and NHS adoption is slow because it is relatively new, despite the relevant NICE guidelines.

On May 23rd, 2016, I wrote the following paragraph:

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What is a “generic” medicine?

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When a new medicine is first developed and approved for use, it is usually only available from one manufacturer. Normally, that is the company that invented it and that obtained the first authorisation for its use, after steering the drug through the complex and expensive process of clinical trials.

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Success in Devon!

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27 April 2017

Last Tuesday, 18th April 2017 Matt O’Neill and Peter Todd completed an overnight “dash” to Devon where they joined a patient on Wednesday morning to present at a “Treatment Decision Review (TDR) Panel” in an attempt to reverse a decision by an “Individual Funding Request” (IFR) Panel to refuse funding for treatment with sodium oxybate for an adult with severe narcolepsy.

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What happens when you don’t provide us with the medicine we need

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20 April 2017

Following a decision on Tuesday NOT to approve the use of sodium oxybate for an adult with severe narcolepsy & cataplexy due to both benefit & cost issues, we drove to Devon to attend a Treatment Decision Review Panel at Exeter Town Hall.

I would like you all of you with narcolepsy out there, including your friends and family to share this picture because it shows the impact of the decision taken for the individual.

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Misconception or Inequality and Discrimination?

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17 April 2017

Ongoing work to remove the barriers to access to sodium oxybate for management of narcolepsy and cataplexy.

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