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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to support (a) men, (b) women, (c) children and (d) older people with Crohn's disease. (258260)

Those living with Crohn's disease are able to access a full range of health and social care options. These include treatment with steroids, 5-aminosalicylate medicines, antibiotics and immunosuppressants, as well as dietary and life-style advice.

In 2007, the Department asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to appraise the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the tumour necrosis factor alpha inhibitors, and natalizumab, for the treatment of Crohn's disease.