NICE reiterates that people with mild Alzheimer’s disease should not get drug treatment

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 12 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2413
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The hopes of people with mild Alzheimer’s disease have been dashed again by the agency that appraises treatments for use by the NHS in England and Wales, which has reaffirmed its original decision to deny them treatment with dementia drugs.

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued amended guidance but still asserts that the drugs would not be cost effective for the mild stages of the disease.

    The original guidance from NICE was challenged by Eisai, the UK licence holder for donepezil (Aricept), one of the class of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors affected.

    The Court …

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