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Alzheimer’s Drugs

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

In presenting this petition I need to place on the record the fact that I am a member of the Alzheimer’s Society and a trustee of a Brighton and Hove-based charity, ARDIS, which works on behalf of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and their carers. The petition is in the name of Mr. Neil McArthur and 981 other signatories whose signatures were collected by volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society during a four-hour period.

The petition reads:

The Petitioners declare that they are outraged by the decision of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to restrict NHS prescriptions for Alzheimer’s drugs. These treatments are shown to provide real benefits for thousands of people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease and cost just £2.50 per person per day.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to ensure that doctors continue to be able to prescribe Alzheimer’s drug treatments to patients who can benefit from them.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.