CLDF welcomes the launch of the Innovative Medicine Fund by the Department of Health and Social Care. Whilst there are no immediate implications for our families, we are pleased that one of the commitments of the England Action Plan for the Rare Diseases Framework has been fulfilled.
The launch of the fund means that:
· £340 million has been made available to purchase potentially life-saving drugs early
· It builds on the success of the Cancer Drugs Fund which has given tens of thousands of patients access to revolutionary treatments quickly
· Improving access to treatment for patients most in need could alleviate pressure on the NHS, helping to tackle the Covid backlog
Further details are available here Patients to have earlier access to cutting-edge treatments on NHS – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)