Inherited metabolic diseases – amino acid supplementation will be covered

The Minister in charge of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, Andrée Laforest, and the MNA in Lac-Saint-Jean, Eric Girard, on behalf of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dube, announced that the amino acid could cover the necessary nutritional supplement for many patients who Those with metabolic diseases under the Quebec Diet for Hereditary Metabolic Diseases (PAQTMMH) program.

Quebec City, June 14, 2022 / CNW Telbec / – The Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, Andrée Laforest, and the MNA in Lac-Saint-Jean, Eric Girard, on behalf of the Minister for Health and Social Services, Christian Dube, announced that Amino acid supplementation, which is essential for many patients with metabolic diseases, may be covered under the Quebec Food Program for the Treatment of Inherited Metabolic Diseases (PAQTMMH).

Over ten essential amino acids are targeted for coverage, including phenylalanine.

In many cases of hereditary metabolic diseases, or inborn errors of metabolism (IEM), patients must, in addition to treatment, take one or more amino acid supplements. Supplementation is necessary either because the primary treatment (therapeutic nutrition) is causing an essential amino acid deficiency, or because of the disease itself.

This condition particularly affects patients with blood tyrosine deficiency, most of whom must take phenylalanine supplements. Tyrosinemia is an orphan disease that affects patients from all over Quebec, but its prevalence is higher in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.

For people with ADE, compliance with treatment is essential, because discontinuation of treatment or failure to follow indications can lead to significant long-term complications.

quotes:

“I am sensitive to the situation experienced by patients with genetic metabolic diseases, which can affect the development of children in particular. For many affected patients, taking an amino acid supplement is essential. By announcing this coverage, we want to save these people and their families from carrying a significant financial burden. »

Christian Duby, Minister of Health and Social Services

“This announcement is of particular interest to me. These diseases are more prevalent in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, and so I am very pleased to know that access to amino acid supplementation will be enhanced. Our government is united and willing to provide an appropriate response to people’s needs.”

André Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister in charge of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region

People with orphan disease, such as blood tyrosinase, face many challenges. I’m sure the news of coverage of these supplements comforts many. I would also like to highlight the work of teams in the area that provide care and follow-up to children with this disease. »

Eric Girard, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean

Highlights:

In order to ensure uniformity and equity in access to amino acids, the Department of Health and Social Services has decided to integrate coverage of amino acid supplementation by creating a subsection within the Quebec Diet for the Treatment of Hereditary Metabolic Diseases (PAQTMMH) program. A tender is underway to identify the amino acid supplier, with coverage to be available during the fall of 2022.

The PAQTMMH currently meets the goals of ensuring that people with an inherited metabolic disease that requires a diet restricted in proteins, fats, or carbohydrates have access to the therapeutic food products prescribed to them, to enhance treatment compliance and to prevent these individuals and their families from having to carry a significant financial burden.

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