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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00169: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will extend the New Medicines Fund to include the provision of the drug, Kalydeco, for two to five-year-olds.

Answered by: Shona Robison 2 June 2016

The scope of the Scottish Government’s New Medicines Fund already includes licensed ultra-orphan drugs. However it would be in the best interests of people in Scotland for the manufacturer of this drug to put forward a resubmission to the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) at a reduced price.

The independence of SMC means that the Scottish Government has no role in taking individual decisions on particular proposals or drugs.