Updated: 28/09/17 : 06:24:54
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Sligo cancer patient to receive life-saving drug within days

Sligo/Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin has issued the following letter in regard to an update on the progress of the health minister's response his representation and to a plea by the wife of a cancer patient for a life-saving drug to be prescribed for her ill husband.

Retired Sligo teacher Peter Milne has been waiting to get the immunotherapy drug Nivolumab which costs around €100,000 a year, per patient.

His wife Bernie accused the HSE and Government of giving families false hope as time ticks on.

Deputy McLoughlin  told Sligo Today last week, “I asked the Minister to come to the Dáil tonight as Peter’s family needed answers from him on when this drug would be made available to the public.  Time is very much of the essence here for Peter and there were fears being expressed that this decision could have gone on for months and months on end." See link below.

The letter from Deputy McLoughin


A Chara,

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me with your concerns about Peter Milne accessing the Nivolumab drug.

My team and I have been working very hard on this issue with the HSE and the Minister for Health's office, since being in contact with Bernie and Peter's family earlier this month. I have been in constant contact with the Minister and Bernie and I am please to be able to update you on the current position as it stands.

I have been advised by Minister Simon Harris this morning [yesterday, Wednesday] that he has instructed the drug company involved to make contact with Peter's Oncologist today and for them to begin administering this drug to him immediately.

I have since been advised that Peter will start his treatment on this Nivolumab drug from next Wednesday, in accordance with the intentions of his oncologist.

I am so delighted for Peter, Bernie and all his family and friends and I want to  thank you once again for raising your concerns with me directly and for contacting me about this issue after I had raised it with the Minister on the floor of the Dáil last Wednesday.

Kindest regards,

Tony McLoughlin


Link: Sligo Today 22/9/2017