Greig Chalmers is Head of Medicines Policy Branch in the Chief Medical Officer’s Directorate of the Scottish Government. Greig is a civil servant and has responsibility for policy connected to access to new medicines in NHS Scotland, as well as to devolved interest in the regulation and supply of medicines. Greig has been a civil servant in the UK and Scottish Government, and predecessor Departments, since 1996.
Ensuring access to new medicines across Scotland
In 2016, the Review of Access to New Medicines was published and laid out a range of reccomendations for increasing the access patients in Scotland had to new medicines. The Scottish Medicines Consortium and Scottish Government have led significant progress in increasing access to medcine, however, our evolving understanding of cancer as a disease is leading to newer, more personalised treatments such as precision medicines and immunotherapies, but also adding complexity and cost. This session will ask what more can be done to allow as many patients in Scotland to access new medicines whilst maintaining cost-effectiveness of this access for NHS Scotland.