Following his election into Parliament in 2015, Nick was drawn for a Private Members Bill, the Off-Patent Drugs Bill. The aim was to improve NHS access to cheap, effective drugs that can help treat conditions like Cancer, Parkinson’s and MS. Unfortunately, the Bill was “talked-out” in November 2015, but Nick worked closely with a cross-party group of MPs to secure legislative changes by amending a different Bill, the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill, which secured promises to widen access from the then Minister for Life Sciences.  New clauses were added into the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill and the Minister committed to working to ensure that repurposed drugs are prescribed on a more consistent basis right across the UK.

 

Breast Cancer Now – Unlocking Off-Patent Drugs