Increased drug spending is creating funding crisis, report says

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:677
  1. Sarah Macdonald
  1. London

    Spending on prescribed drugs in primary care grew by 10% between 2001 and 2002, and many primary care trusts are facing a major gap in funding, a report from the Audit Commission says.

    The report says that drugs linked to national service frameworks and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines account for almost half of this rise in spending.

    In 2001–2 …

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