Inherited Metabolic Disorders – Amino acid supplements are covered

The Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, Andrée Laforest, and the MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean, Éric Girard, announce on behalf of the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Christian Dubé, that the amino acid food supplements, essential for many patients with metabolic diseases can be covered under the Quebec Food Program for the Treatment of Hereditary Metabolic Diseases (PAQTMMH).

QUEBEC CITY, June 14, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ — Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region Minister Andrée Laforest and Lac-Saint-Jean MNA Éric Girard announce Health and Social Services on behalf of the Minister , Christian Dubé, that amino acid supplements, which are essential for many patients with metabolic diseases, could be covered by the Quebec Food Program for the Treatment of Hereditary Metabolic Diseases (PAQTMMH).

Over ten essential amino acids are specifically covered, including phenylalanine.

In some cases of hereditary metabolic diseases or inborn errors of metabolism (IEM), patients must take one or more amino acids as a dietary supplement in addition to their treatment. Dietary supplementation is necessary either because the primary treatment (therapeutic diet) is causing a deficiency in an essential amino acid, or because of the disease itself.

This situation particularly affects patients with tyrosinemia, most of whom need to take phenylalanine supplements. Tyrosinemia is a rare disease that affects patients from across Quebec, but its prevalence is higher in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Adherence to treatment is essential for a person suffering from UAE, as discontinuation of treatment or failure to follow indications can lead to significant long-term complications.

Quotes:

“I am sensitive to the situation of patients suffering from hereditary metabolic diseases that can affect the development of children in particular. For many of the affected patients, taking amino acid supplements is a necessity. By announcing this coverage, we want to spare these people and their families a significant financial burden. »

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Affairs

“This announcement is of particular interest to me. These diseases are more prevalent in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region and I am therefore delighted to learn that accessibility to taking amino acid supplements is being promoted. Our government is united and shows its desire to provide an adequate response to people’s needs. »

Andrée Laforest, Minister for Communities and Housing and Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region

“People living with a rare disease like tyrosinemia face many challenges. I’m sure the news of the coverage of these supplements will come as a relief to many. I would also like to highlight the work of the teams in the region who provide care and follow-up to children with this disease. »

Eric Girard, MP for Lac-Saint-Jean

Highlights:

– To ensure consistent and equitable access to amino acids, the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to integrate coverage of amino acid supplements by establishing a subsection within the Quebec Food for the Treatment of Hereditary Metabolic Diseases (PAQTMMH) program. . A tender is ongoing to identify an amino acid supplier so coverage will be available in fall 2022.

– The PAQTMMH is currently meeting the goals of providing people with an inherited metabolic disorder who require a low-protein, low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet with access to their prescribed therapeutic nutritional products, promoting adherence to therapy, and preventing these people and their families from adoption a significant financial burden.

Publication of the Health Index: 06/14/2022 – Number of visits since publication: 38

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