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Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into treatments for pernicious anaemia. (244918)

The Department funds national health service research and development through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The Institute's health technology assessment programme is currently funding a project assessing deferasirox for the treatment of iron overload associated with regular blood transfusions in patients suffering with chronic anaemia; and the NIHR clinical research network is supporting a number of studies concerned with anaemia. Details of the latter can be found on the UK Clinical Research Network portfolio database at:

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. The MRC is an independent body that receives its grant-in-aid from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The MRC is not currently funding any research on pernicious anaemia. However, the MRC does fund a wider portfolio of basic haematology research which may benefit the condition.