Evidence-based recommendations on beta interferons (Avonex, Betaferon, Extavia, Rebif) and glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) for treating multiple sclerosis in adults.
Is this guidance up to date?
Next review: 2021
There are simple discount patient access schemes for:
- interferon beta-1a (Avonex): contact MedInfoUKI@biogen.com for details
- interferon beta-1a (Rebif): contact UKPricing@merckgroup.com for details
- interferon beta-1b (Extavia): contact Commercial.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01276 698717 for details
- glatiramer acetate (Copaxone): contact General.email@example.com for details
Guidance development process
This guidance replaces NICE technology appraisal guidance on beta interferon and glatiramer acetate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (TA32).
The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.
Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.