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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05849: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the use of the drug, Ibrutinib, as a second-line therapy treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Answered by: Shona Robison 17 January 2017

In Scotland we have a clear route for new drugs to be appraised through the long standing Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).

SMC will consider a resubmission for the use of ibrutinib (Imbruvica®) in adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (without genetic changes known as 17p deletion or TP53 mutation) who have received at least one prior therapy and for whom fludarabine-based regimens are inappropriate at their meeting on 7 March 2017 and expect to publish their advice on 10 April 2017.