East Yorkshire doctor welcomes Nice move on Omalizumab asthma drug
EAST YORKSHIRE: A doctor specialising in respiratory medicine says he is delighted with the news a drug for patients with severe asthma will now be available on the NHS for children.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has proposed for the first time that children aged six to 11 with severe, persistent allergic asthma should be able to access omalizumab.
The news has been welcomed by Dr Jaymin Morjaria, who holds clinics at both Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital.
Dr Morjaria said: "In my experience, it is an excellent drug.
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"I have about ten adult patients on it and the drug has worked extremely well for them.
"It has revolutionised their quality of living. They actually have a life now."
Omalizumab has never been routinely available on the NHS for children aged six to 11 until yesterday's Nice announcement.
There are currently more than five million people living with asthma in the UK, 1.1 million of whom are children.