A 2016 survey by the Neurological Alliance has found that people’s experience of neurological services has worsened since 2014. The Neurological Alliance is a group of 80 organisations in England, including Epilepsy Action. The alliance works to improve the lives of people with neurological conditions, such as epilepsy.
Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the UK government’s 2017 Spring Budget on 8 March. The chancellor covered the government’s plans for funding in a number of key areas including pensions, education, health and social care.
A mother and son who both have epilepsy have started a petition to persuade the UK government to re-invest a recent pharmaceutical company fine into epilepsy healthcare services.
Pfizer and Flynn Pharma were fined £84.2m and £5.2m respectively for over-charging the NHS for life-saving epilepsy medicine phenytoin sodium.
Pharmaceuticals company Pfizer, which manufactures the epilepsy medicine phenytoin sodium capsules, has been fined a record £84.2 million by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The company has been found to be breaking competition law by charging what the CMA said were 'excessive and unfair' prices in the UK for the medicine.