Bras­sil calls on HSE to fund life chang­ing em­phy­sema drug

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

FIANNA Fáil TD John Bras­sil has called on Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris to fund for Re­spreeza, which slows the pro­gres­sion of em­phy­sema caused by Al­pha 1, af­ter the drug’s man­u­fac­turer, CSL Behring, said it would cease pro­vid­ing un­der its Com­pas­sion­ate Ac­cess Pro­gramme from the end of the month. Min­is­ter Bras­sil said this week that 21 peo­ple risk los­ing ac­cess to Re­spreeza as a re­sult.

“This will have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the 21 peo­ple in­volved, in­clud­ing a man from my own con­stituency, who are cur­rently in the CAP and who risk see­ing the ben­e­fits they have gained from be­ing on the med­i­ca­tion lost”, ex­plained Deputy Bras­sil.

“While agree­ment be­tween the Depart­ment and the man­u­fac­turer has so far proven dif­fi­cult to achieve, the Depart­ment of Health should, in the in­terim, com­mit to fund­ing the drug for the 21 pa­tients cur­rently on the Com­pas­sion­ate Ac­cess Pro­gramme,” said Deputy Bras­sil.

“It is in­con­ceiv­able that they would lose ac­cess to a drug that had dra­mat­i­cally im­proved their qual­ity of life be­cause the Depart­ment and the man­u­fac­turer have failed to find agree­ment,” he said.

Deputy John Bras­sil (FF)

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