Charity challenges decision to refuse eye drug to 84 year old war veteran

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 12 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:64
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    An English primary care trust (PCT) that refused to fund sight saving treatment for an 84 year old war veteran agreed to reconsider its decision this week after it was threatened with legal action.

    Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust said it would look again at the case of Dennis Devier, whose legal challenge is being funded by the charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

    The charity accuses the trust of operating an illegal blanket ban on providing the drugs despite its own stated policy of treating “exceptional” cases, pending full guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

    Mr Devier, from Henley, Oxfordshire, who is the main carer …

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