NHS spending watchdog greenlights jab for patients with debilitating bowel ... trends now
Patients with debilitating bowel disease ulcerative colitis are set to get a jab that tackles painful symptoms, after NHS spending regulators gave it the green light on Friday.
The drug, mirikizumab, has been shown in trials to eradicate symptoms such as stomach pain and diarrhoea in a quarter of patients after just 12 weeks.
Given as a once-a-month injection, the treatment will be offered to ulcerative colitis patients who have not responded to other treatments. It is expected to benefit about 23,000 people in England, according to the NHS spending watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Ulcerative colitis occurs when the large bowel gets inflamed as the immune system attacks healthy body tissue, but neither a definitive cause or cure are known.
Patients with debilitating bowel disease ulcerative colitis are set to get a jab that tackles painful symptoms, after NHS spending regulators gave it the green light on Friday
Roughly 146,000 people in the UK have the chronic condition, but experts suggest many more are undiagnosed and that as many as one in ten over-50s may have some form of the disease
‘This breakthrough is really great news for patients,’ says Dr Sami Hoque, a consultant gastroenterologist who ran the UK arm of the mirikizumab trial.
‘I have patients who began taking mirikizumab in 2019, are still on the drug and experiencing very few symptoms. Currently