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School Transport is Number 1 Issue on Contact's Helpline

21 September 2018 / Posted in: Information, Support

The charity Contact for Families of Disabled Children say that they have been inundated with calls about issues surrounding school transport. There are a number of support resources available about this on their website, along with an upcoming live Facebook Q&A, and Midlands workshops.

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Christmas Jumper Day for SMA 2018 Christmas Jumper Day for SMA 2018

19 September 2018 / Posted in: Help Us

We can’t wait for this year’s Christmas Jumper Day for SMA on Friday 7th December and we hope you can join us to make this one the biggest yet!

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Get Out There for SMA in 2019 Get Out There for SMA in 2019

19 September 2018 / Posted in: Help Us

If you are thinking of taking part in a sponsored event for SMA we have updated our events pages with 2019 dates and inspiration!

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NICE Opens Draft Scoping Consultation for 'Breakthrough' AveXis Gene Therapy for SMA Type 1

19 September 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Patient groups and clinicians have been invited to take part in this consultation which closes on 17th October. Treatment topics usually reach what is called ‘the scoping stage’ around the time the company plan to apply for a licence for its drug in the UK or Europe. SMA UK will be submitting a response.

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Our Response to the UK National Screening Committee Review of Screening for SMA

11 September 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Thanks to those who responded to our survey asking for your views on newborn screening. We concluded that a further urgent review of a newborn screening programme for 5q SMA in the UK is imperative.

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Our Response to NICE's Consultation Paper

08 September 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

On 5th September we submitted our response to, NICE’s consultation paper which had been released on 14th August with the devastating news that they had not recommended nusinersen for funding by the NHS. You can read our response here.

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Money Matters Guide

31 August 2018 / Posted in: Information, Support

It's back to school time which can mean higher than normal costs, with new uniforms, stationery, bags etc. You might want to check out Contact's 'Money Matters' guide which includes details on the financial help you're entitled to if your child's at school.

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Charities write to Biogen urging them and NHS England to be Flexible on Price

29 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

This is so that, as a matter of urgency, an MAA that merges seamlessly with the current EAP is set up and ensures that all others are also able to access nusinersen at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Access to Nusinersen Update & How You Can Help

24 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

This update recently went out to those on our mailing list. It includes details on the MDUK parliamentary drop-in session that's been organised for 11th September, how you can contact your MP, responding to NICE by 5th Sept, and media involvement.

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Biogen Announces November Closure of the Expanded Access Programme for Infants Newly Diagnosed with SMA Type 1

23 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

We urged Biogen not to take this step which creates yet more immense distress and worry for families. We will continue to focus our advocacy for access to treatment on the urgent need for NICE, NHS England and Biogen to agree the terms of a managed access agreement to replace this EAP ahead of 1 November, as well as the need for a long-term sustainable plan for access.

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