Today is Monday 19th November 2018.
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On the 6th October, a new "Our PMR-GCA Story" was added to this website. It can be found here. Thank you SM.


TOCILIZUMAB latest news...

The SMC (Scottish Medical Consortium) announced on Monday 10th September 2018, their approval for the use of tocilizumab (RoActemra®) for restricted use within NHSScotland. This drug may be used in the treatment of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) in adult patients subject to a 12 month clinical stopping rule.

This is the first new drug for GCA since steroids were first used 70 years ago. Thousands of patients have had no option up to now but to take high doses of steroids for several years.

The relevant Detailed Advice Document can be found here and a link to the Decision Explained public information summary can be found here .

The charity's submission to the SMC can be found here.

The charity has been thanked for the considerable time and effort taken to capture the patient and carer perspective during the submission process.  We particularly thank Lorna for all her efforts and we welcome this decision.

To see the report on the trial of Tocilizumab in Giant-Cell Arteritis issued on 27th July 2017 go to  Research and clinical guidelines.


VIDEO CHANNEL

Our sister UK charity (PMRGCAuk) has a video channel. To access this go to https://vimeo.com/channels/1352513


PLEASE PLEASE KEEP RAISING AWARENESS 

Headaches may mean your sight is at risk. See the entry for Giant Cell Arteritis on the page 'What is PMR and what is GCA?' for more information and the warning symptoms.


ADVANCE NOTICE AGM 2019

The 2019 AGM is booked for Friday April 12th in thestudio, 67 Hope Street, GLASGOW  G2 6AE. Room booked is the "climb" on 9th Floor (lift available). Speakers are Kate Gilbert PhD author of Polymyalgia and Giant Cell Arteritis: a survival guide and Mayrine Fraser, Scottish National Development Manager for The National Osteoporosis Society.

Book the date in your diary - it will be very good.


UPCOMING EVENTS

We aren't aware of anything at the moment but if you know of something that would be of interest to our members or readers of this website, please email us at info.scotland@pmrandgca.org.uk.  


FUNDRAISING!!

Do you have family or friends who are prepared to share their talents and raise funds for the charity so that we can both continue and expand our work? Maybe they are part of a community choir or orchestra or band? Perhaps they would like to skydive or undertake a challenging walk and wanted a cause?

Please do ask around and see if anyone is prepared to help. We can provide some publicity material and sponsorship forms if needed.

Either call the helpline (0300 777 5090) with your contact details and we will call you back  Or email info.scotland@pmrandgca.org.uk


 


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I regret that we are not currently set up for Charity Choice to collect Gift Aid on our behalf but if you are a taxpayer and are happy to apply this to your donation, click the link GIFT AID FORM which can then be posted to us at 7 Hamilton Place, PERTH PH1 1BB.
If you prefer to donate via BACS  please email info.scotland@pmrandgca.org.uk and we will provide the necessary details.