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Government insists NHS pays for drugs approved by NICE

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1386 (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1386
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    From January 2002, patients in England should be able to pick up a prescription for any drug approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) within three months of the ruling being issued provided that their doctor recommends it, the government said last week.

    The health minister Philip Hunt announced that health managers should ensure that they have budgeted for treatments in their general annual allocations that had been approved by the institute, so that all those …

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