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NICE introduces cost sharing scheme for sight drug

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1487 (Published 29 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1487
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Patients in England and Wales with one of the most common causes of blindness will be able to be treated with injections of ranibizumab (Lucentis) on the NHS under a cost sharing scheme announced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

    The final guidance states that the NHS should pay for the first 14 injections of ranibizumab for patients with the wet form of age related macular degeneration (AMD), with the manufacturer picking up the bill for any more that are needed. The drug costs more than £10 000 (€12 400, $18 280) for each eye treated with 14 injections.

    A second drug for the condition, pegaptanib (Macugen), has not been …

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