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BROUGHAN WELCOMES APPROVAL OF KUVAN

Last week, Deputy Broughan wrote about access to Spinraza for SMA sufferers. Another treatment for a rare disease that he has consistently been raising has been access to Kuvan for people with PKU (Phenylketonuria).

Today, Deputy Broughan received the following welcome response from the HSE following his most recent Parliamentary Question on the matter:

DÁIL PRIORITY QUESTION WITH THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH ON KUVAN AND PKU

The Minister is very familiar with the rare genetic disease phenylketonuria where patients have difficulty processing the amino acid phenylalanine and therefore must live on very restricted, low-protein diet. We have had the report of the NCPE, which the HSE was considering. We have had two recommendations against sapropterin dihydrochloride, Kuvan, in the past nine years. A meeting was scheduled with the relevant drug company before Storm Ophelia occurred. Has a meeting happened and has information from the meeting been forwarded to the HSE drugs group? When will we get approval for the drug?