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How much will Herceptin really cost?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39051.733715.3A (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1219

Balancing local and national priorities is not new

  1. Andrew Dillon (lucy.betterton@nice.org.uk),
  2. Peter Littlejohns, clinical and public health director
  1. 1National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, London WC1V 6NA

    Herceptin for early stage breast cancer is a cost effective treatment, and it is right that the NHS should make it available. The challenge of funding new treatments and balancing local and national priorities is one the NHS has faced since its inception.1 …

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