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Self-jab drug approved for MS





























Thousands of Australians with multiple sclerosis can now inject themselves with a government-funded drug to treat their symptoms instead of having to go to a doctor.

From today, the drug Plegridy will be funded on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, giving some MS patients the option to receive their injected treatment once a fortnight instead of several times a week.

The drug can also be given in a few seconds via a subcutaneous injection device, similar to an insulin injector pen, allowing patients to treat themselves.

MS is a chronic disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

Symptoms may be mild or severe, ranging from numbness in the limbs to paralysis or loss of vision.

MS affects more than 23,000 Australians, and twice as many women as men, usually hitting them in their prime child bearing years between the ages of 20 and 40.

About 5000 of these patients are estimated to be on high frequency injection or infusion medication which can now be covered by the PBS.

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