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Alopecia: First ever treatment approved for NHS use marks ‘monumental day’

Healthcare Feb 22, 2024 at 10:24

Alopecia: First ever treatment approved for NHS use marks 'monumental day'

Thousands are set to benefit from an alopecia treatment available for widespread NHS use for the first time. A leading charity said people had gone without NHS treatment for “far too long”.

Thousands of patients could benefit from the first ever alopecia treatment approved for the NHS.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair to fall out.

Alopecia UK hailed the decision as a “monumental day” for people with the condition, with patients going “far too long” without NHS treatment.

“For far too long, patients with alopecia areata have gone without a licensed treatment option available via NHS pathways,” the charity’s chief executive, Sue Schilling, said.

“If new treatments are only available privately, it becomes a case of the ‘haves and the have nots’, this… recommendation will go some way to address this.”