BBC Radio 4 Today Programme re Alzheimers drugs

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Ruthie, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. Ruthie

    Ruthie Registered User

    Jul 9, 2003
    114
    South Coast
    I switched on BBC Radio 4 "Today" programme a few minutes before 7 am and caught the last part of a discussion with someone (I think) from NICE re the prescription of Alzheimers Drugs. I think you may be able to listen to it again via the BBC website.

    Can't stop now as I'm getting ready to go to the hospital for my chemotherapy, but thought I'd alert everyone to this (I'll listen later).

    It would be worth commenting by email to the BBC website to raise awareness of how carers feel about things - cost of prescription was discussed, but no mention that I heard of the fact that the drugs may enable people to stay at home longer, thus saving a lot more money for the NHS/state than the cost of the drugs.

    Ruthie
     
  2. Jude

    Jude Registered User

    Dear Ruthie,

    Thank you very much for posting this information and the good points that you raise. Hopefully others will be able to listen in today.

    With very best wishes for your chemotherapy.
    Jude
     
  3. Ruthie

    Ruthie Registered User

    Jul 9, 2003
    114
    South Coast
    Today Programme page on BBC website says item started at 6.45 am, but it is not ready yet to download. Have just emailed a comment to the Today programme re cost of drugs v. saving to NHS because they can extend length of time people can be cared for at home.

    Ruthie
     
  4. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    It is there now.

    Very good interview with the description of no longer being able to write.

    Brought back memories for me as that was one of the things that shocked me when Jan couldn't write her own name. Something we all think is so basic and easy that we could never lose it, and in many ways, our signature is us.

    I also e-mailed them saying that if NICE chooses to look at cost, they should do so holistically, taking into account the amount saved by enabling people to continue as normally as possible for as long as they can. Also that in keeping partners together, the cost benefit is priceless. Also that it takes pressure off too few care home places by enabling people to stay at home.
     
  5. carol

    carol Registered User

    Jun 24, 2004
    196
    Surrey/Hampshire
    I have just listened to it, very interesting.

    Carol
     
  6. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    Ruthie, thank you for alerting us.. I do not know how you keep up. Hope all went well with the 'chemo'.

    I sometimes wonder how we are supposed to carry the fight onwards. BAD DAY!!!!

    Tomorrow I am sure I will feel differently and prepared to carry on the fight. Love Connie
     

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