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Health Minister: Trials must prove PrEP is ‘cost effective’ at tackling HIV before roll-out

Health Minister Jane Ellison has said that NHS England needs more evidence that HIV-preventing drugs are “cost effective” before a wider roll-out.

Published
22 March 2016
From
Pink News
Row over HIV prevention drug Prep

Charities say NHS England's "eleventh hour decision to pull the plug" on game-changing HIV prevention drugs is leaving people at risk. The medication- known as Prep - has been shown in UK studies to reduce the chances of people getting HIV. Charities claim they had expected it to start being rolled-out later this year. But NHS England officials, who had been involved in early discussions about Prep, say providing it is not their responsibility.

Published
22 March 2016
From
BBC
NHS refusing to offer PrEP is insulting in the face of thousands of gay men who will be diagnosed with HIV without it

It’s time for PrEP to be made available for those who need it. 'This is no time for hesitation or procrastination,' Matthew Hodson, chief executive of gay men's HIV prevention organisation GMFA says. 'PrEP is needed now.' Thousands of gay and bisexual men have been let down by the decision of NHS England not to offer Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Activists, HIV and LGBT organisations are aghast.

Published
22 March 2016
From
Gay Star News
BHIVA statement on the NHS England update on commissioning and provision of PrEP for HIV prevention

We are perplexed and deeply concerned by NHS England's decision not to take HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to stakeholder testing and consideration by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG). This is yet another adverse outcome of the disastrous Health and Social Care Act, with potentially devastating consequences for real people. Any further delay in commissioning PrEP will mean many more people infected with HIV.

Published
22 March 2016
From
BHIVA
PrEP - What went wrong? What should happen?

Rarely has a u-turn, rarely has a breach of trust, been so misleadingly announced. Reading NHS England’s press release, ‘Update on commissioning and provision of PrEP for HIV prevention’ (21 March 2016), you would think the NHS were simply clarifying progress to date and the well understood responsibilities for the commissioning of PrEP. In fact this press release was the announcement of a shocking U-turn as NHS England suddenly abandoned its own process for the approval of PrEP, just before its conclusion, with nothing to replace it bar some loose change found down the back of the sofa.

Published
22 March 2016
From
National AIDS Trust
Shocked HIV Charities Blast NHS For “U-Turn” On Drug That Prevents HIV

The NHS has scrapped plans to make Truvada available, prompting fury from HIV organisations.

Published
21 March 2016
From
BuzzFeed
Update on commissioning and provision of Pre Exposure Prophylaxsis (PREP) for HIV prevention

"Including PrEP for consideration in competition with specialised commissioning treatments as part of the annual CPAG prioritisation process could present risk of legal challenge from proponents of other ‘candidate’ treatments and interventions that could be displaced by PrEP if NHS England were to commission it."

Published
21 March 2016
From
NHS England
Where is PrEP?

PrEP may be a casualty of the fine old Eton Mess this government has turned the NHS into. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 ripped public health away from the NHS and dumped into the laps of Local Authorities.

Published
21 March 2016
From
Huffington Post
Why are some gay men ‘clinic hopping’ to get HIV medication?

Three men share their stories of how they get hold of PrEP, the pioneering HIV drug – despite it not currently being available on the NHS.

Published
18 March 2016
From
Dazed
Terrence Higgins Trust chief executive forced out after bullying campaign, tribunal hears

Dr Rosemary Gillespie claims trustees at Britain's biggest HIV charity ignored alleged sexual misconduct and 'potentially criminal behaviour'.

Published
18 March 2016
From
Telegraph

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