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NICE guidance has failed to end “postcode prescribing”

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7451.1277 (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1277
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has so far failed to end the “postcode prescribing” that it was designed to eliminate when it was set up five years ago, a report from the institute has shown.

    An analysis of how trusts have acted on 28 treatment reviews, involving 33 sets of recommendations, which was commissioned by the institute and published this week, shows that only around half have been implemented properly. The analysis covers guidance issued up to 2003.

    NICE had advocated first line use in 10 sets of recommendations and …

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