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A man from Dumfries is calling on the government to speed up the introduction of a "life-saving" Meningitis vaccine.
Greg Hoare has this report:
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.
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.
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.
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.