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Home > News > Personal Injury News

12th October 2006

Strong Support For Mesothelioma Drug

UK members of parliament have are supporting a campaign led by North East MP Fraser Kemp for continued access for mesothelioma sufferers to the life extending cancer drug Alimta.

50 members of parliament have signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons after the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence failed to approve the drug earlier in the year for use on the NHS.

Leader of the Campaign Fraser Kemp said: "This is a really important issue because mesothelioma has affected the lives of many people. If this drug can prolong life it should be available on the NHS."

Life Extending Drug

Alimta is not a cure for mesothelioma but it does reduce the symptoms of the asbestos related cancer and can improve the quality of life for many sufferers.

Chris Knighton of the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund praised support from the MPs. She explained: "I am appalled that the only licensed drug for the treatment of mesothelioma is not being approved. NICE agree the use of Alimta is effective treatment but say it's not cost effective."

She also adds "What price can you put on a life that has been tragically cut short often by doing no more than an honest days work? Alimta is not a cure for sufferers but can reduce symptoms and maintains a better quality of life for longer. But once again sufferers of this particularly cruel disease are being denied the right to the best care and treatment available."

Clear Answers lawyers Thompson's solicitors have supported the campaign throughout and played a key role in gaining approval for the use of Alimta on the NHS in the North East late last year.

Head of asbestos litigation for Clear Answers lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors Ian McFall said: "It's good to see support in Parliament for the continued fight to ensure Alimta is made available for those it could help the most."

Compensation Claim

If you or a member of your family has contracted mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. You may even be able to make a claim for a relative who has died as a result of an asbestos-related illness.

Contact us now for further advice on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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