Today is Monday 16th July 2018.
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An article from the Daily Mail on Tocilizumab which was published on 9th July 2018 can be found at Tocilizumab.

PMRGCAuk (our sister UK charity) has a video channel!

During the Research Roadshows, where possible, they have recorded presentations by the researchers. The idea of this was so that we would have a record for producing new stuff in the future. Some of the recordings are good enough to share, so they are gradually posting them online for members to see.

You can find the first ones on


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.


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.

Tocilizumab. NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for England, has approved the use of Tocilizumab for cases of Giant Cell Arteritis. There has not been a new drug for this disease 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.

Request to SMC (Scottish Medical Council) for approval is in progress. 

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


Highland Group featured in the Press and Journal. Read the article HERE.

Cross Party Group at Holyrood. On 8th November the Cross Park Group (CPG) invited Dr Jane Gibson from Fife to outline her Fast Track approach to preventing blindness in suspected GCA patients. The presentation was very well received and it is being further discussed in Holyrood with a view to being rolled out to the rest of Scotland. 


Rheuma Research Roadshow - Kirkcaldy, Fife Wednesday November 1st 2017

This "research roadshow" event brought together patients, clinicians and researchers together to find out what is happening locally and around the country, and how doctors and patients can work together to manage PMR and GCA more positively. The focus was on 'Improving Outcomes and the Patient Experience'..




Issue 24 (Spring 2018) was posted out on Monday 23rd April. If you want to download a copy then click HERE. The Scotland contribution can be found on page 9.



There is a new story on the Patient Experience page. For previous entries please see Our PMR-GCA Stories. Please do let us have your story, which allows everyone to see just how you have found things - for everyone who has either (or both) conditions, the progress will be different but maybe someone else can get inspiration from you?


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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.

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We are including information in the Self Management section that we believe may be of help and interest. 


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