The MS Society has criticised series producers of The Bill following an episode
that featured an entirely made-up drug, which a storyline claimed was available
for people with relapsing remitting MS.
The episode, broadcast on 5
March, featured the story of Michael Drummond and 'Plavitron' - a drug that
viewers were told was available in America.
The MS Society Helpline
received a number of calls from people with MS keen to find out more about the
ficticious drug, who were disappointed to find out it didn't exist.
Society spokesman, Chris Bentley, said: "There are few effective treatments for
MS and any mention of a new drug generates a lot of hope and excitement in
people living with and affected by the condition.
"Our Helpline has taken
a number of calls from people wanting to know more about the made-up drug
Plavitron and we've had to tell them it doesn't exist.
"It was grossly
irresponsible of the Bill to make up a drug. People with MS have a tough enough
time as it is without being misled over treatments."MS Society