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Biogen Announces November Closure of the Expanded Access Programme for Infants Newly Diagnosed with SMA Type 1

23 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

We urged Biogen not to take this step which creates yet more immense distress and worry for families. We will continue to focus our advocacy for access to treatment on the urgent need for NICE, NHS England and Biogen to agree the terms of a managed access agreement to replace this EAP ahead of 1 November, as well as the need for a long-term sustainable plan for access.

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Clinicians and SMA Charities Protest NICE Decision

21 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Clinicians and SMA Charities yesterday expressed the need for urgent action. You can read the letter sent to NICE, NHS England and the National Institute for Health Research, here.

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Welcome to all SMA Trust and SMA Support UK Supporters Welcome to all SMA Trust and SMA Support UK Supporters

16 August 2018 / Posted in: Help Us

We are delighted that these two wonderful charities are coming together as SMA UK. Whichever charity you’ve supported in the past, we hope that you will continue to support the SMA Community through SMA UK. Find out how the merger will affect your fundraising.

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Biogen’s Update to the SMA Community Following Publication of NICE’s Consultation Paper

15 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Biogen has provided this community statement in response to yesterday's announcement from NICE.

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NICE Announcement on Nusinersen

13 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Nusinersen not recommended for funding by NICE is the devastating decision for so many, announced today. One glimmer of hope, however, is that it does leave the door open for a Managed Access Agreement. Comments are needed by 5th September.

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SMA Support UK & The SMA Trust to Merge as Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK!

06 August 2018 / Posted in: Support

Following the phenomenally positive response to our recent merger consultation, we are delighted to announce that the Boards of both organisations have agreed to merge at the end of September 2018.

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What Are Your Views On Screening Newborns For SMA?

03 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

The National Screening Committee (NSC) has invited us to give comments and feedback on its June 2018 evidence review. Their current recommendation is ‘systematic population screening programme not recommended’. When we submit our response, we would like to represent views from the SMA community about screening newborns for SMA. You can let us know your thoughts and take our survey.

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Biogen Community Updates re Hydrocephalus

02 August 2018 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

We have received this community update which includes Q and As about the potential risk of hydrocephalus.

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Fundraising Support Groups Fundraising Support Groups

25 July 2018 / Posted in: Help Us

Would you like to help SMA Support UK raise funds and awareness to ensure our vital services continue? If so, then why not consider joining one of our Fundraising Support Groups

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Autumn / Winter Events - Save The Date!

25 July 2018 / Posted in: Information, Support

We are, once again, hosting events around the country so that children, young people, adults and families can meet up. Dates this year are earlier to try to avoid winter illness, bad weather and overstretching family diaries in the run up to Christmas.

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