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Bexsero 'Holy Grail' of treatment for Meningitis

Michael Pattie, from Dumfries, has described Bexsero as the 'Holy Grail' in treating the Meningitis B type of the disease.

He is calling for immediate use of the vaccine.

It was approved for use in the UK in March, but is still only available to private buyers.

The cause of the delay is ongoing negotiations over pricing between the drug company and the Department of Health.


Department of Health: Novartis' current price is too high

The drug was approved for use in the UK last March Credit: Novartis Vaccine

The Department of Health has responded to claims that a price dispute is delaying the use of a new drug to fight Meningitis.

Dumfries man Michael Pattie has called for the urgent introduction of the vaccine, which was approved for use in the UK last March.

He has blamed disagreements over pricing as the cause of delays to the use of the vaccine.

The Department of health say that the current price published by Novartis Vaccine is too high.

“We are very clear that we want to see this vaccine introduced as soon as possible to help protect children from this devastating disease.”

“The JCVI recommended that a MenB vaccine be introduced, but only at a cost-effective price – below the price published by Novartis. We need to make sure NHS funds are used effectively and negotiations are continuing.”

– Spokesperson, Department of Health

Novartis Vaccine: we are working towards an agreement

The company behind Bexsero says it is working towards an agreement with the Department of Health Credit: Novartis Vaccine

The drug company behind Bexsero has responded to criticism from a man from Dumfries.

Michael Pattie says the availability of the 'holy grail' of treatment for Meningitis B as been delayed because of disputes about the prices between the company Novartis Vaccine and the Department of Health.

He has called for the introduction of the vaccine as soon as possible.

The company says it is working to come to an agreement.

"Novartis Vaccines is currently engaged in a procurement process with the UK Department of Health to agree a price for Bexsero to be included on the National Immunisation Programme.

"Whilst it is not possible to comment on the process, or predict how long it will last, both sides are working to come to an agreement and Novartis Vaccines stands ready to supply Bexsero immediately.

"Unfortunately the confidential nature of this process makes it impossible for Novartis Vaccines to comment further on any elements of the negotiations."

– Norvartis Vaccine

Dumfries campaigner calls for introduction of 'life-saving' vaccine

Michael Pattie is calling for the vaccine to be introduced as soon as possible Credit: ITV Border

A man from Dumfries is calling for a new meningitis vaccine to be introduced as soon as possible. .

The vaccine, Bexsero, was approved for use in the UK last March, but is still only available to private buyers.

Michael Pattie claims that the delay is because of arguments between the drug company, Novartis Vaccines, and the Department of Health over the price of the drug.

Mr Pattie, whose 13-year-old son died of meningitis in 1999, is calling for an end to the current standstill.

Father warns about dangers of Meningitis

Meningitis can hit people regardless of age or location and it's a disease that can kill extremely quickly.

One man who knows just how devastating it can be is Michael Pattie from Dumfries. He lost his 13 year old son David in 1999. Since then he's been campaigning with Meningitis Research UK to raise the profile of the disease.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith went along to meet him.


'Team Jenna' cyclists complete Lands End to John O'Groats challenge

The cyclists from Dumfries arrived at John O'Groats on Saturday afternoon Credit: Gary McCormick

A group of cyclists raising money for a fund set up in honour of a Dumfries teenager who died from meningitis have completed their charity challenge. The men arrived at John O'Groats on Saturday afternoon.

They rode 1000 miles as part of the Jenna Dempster Superstar Cycle challenge. Jenna, who was 17, died from meningitis 10 years ago.

Full Report: Meningitis charity cycle for Jenna

A group of cyclists have been given a heroes' welcome as they arrived in Dumfries and Galloway.

They are half-way through a 1,000 mile challenge, in memory of a Dumfries teenager who died suddenly from meningitis.

They are riding from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for the Jenna Dempster Superstar Fund.

This afternoon, friends and family met them in Moffat - and Hannah McNulty was there too.

Watch her full report below.

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