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New law hits MS patients

Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA) is gearing up for a fight with the health department and medical aid schemes over health benefits for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
In a statement released on Thursday, MSSA said since new laws regulating chronic medicine came into effect early this year, MS patients had had their medical aid benefits cut.

Under the new legislation three cancer drugs were prescribed to treat MS instead of Interferon Beta.

The cancer treatments Methotrexate, Cyclophosphamide and Azathioprine could have such severe toxic effects on a person that its use was allowed only once in a lifetime.

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September 3, 2004 in africa, politics | Permalink