how you can help
Last updated 11th May 2018.
We are working with Muscular Dystrophy UK, the SMA Trust, and the family-led campaign group TreatSMA.
If you live in England:
- Talk to the media. If you are willing to talk about what access to nusinersen would mean for you / your child or, if you have had access, the difference it has made to your child, contact MDUK. Read more
- Write to your MP:
The STA is designed to assess drugs for both clinical- and cost-effectiveness and is usually used for more common conditions. As such, we are concerned that this route is not set up to assess rare disease drugs, like nusinersen.
However, there is some promising news. Biogen, has announced that they are in discussions with NICE and NHS England to put an interim access scheme in place. This scheme, known as a Managed Access Agreement (MAA), could give others with SMA access to the treatment while further data and evidence are gathered over several years.
Time is key and it is crucial nusinersen is not subjected to any delays during the NICE assessment process. We have worked with MDUK and the other charities to prepare a template letter that you can use to write to your MP You can download the letter here and find your MP’s address here. Please do send us a copy if you do write.
If you live in Scotland
To find out what you can do please go here.
Wherever you live in the UK
You can back MDUK’s ‘Fasttrack' campaign which includes access to nusinersen (Spinraza) by using their template letters to write to your MP and signing their petition asking for the Prime Minister’s help in removing barriers to all life-changing treatments that people would benefit from.