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Medicines Management

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:132
  1. N Barber, professor of the practice of pharmacy.
  1. School of Pharmacy, University of London

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    BMJ Books, £19.95, pp 196

    ISBN 0 7279 1274 7

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    About £1 of every £7 that the NHS spends goes on drugs, and spending on drugs is rising rapidly. There is nothing new in this—in the 1920s the chief medical officer was making similar complaints about the expenditure on drugs. What is new is the complex and interweaving set of activities designed to manage medicines and, hence, expenditure. In Britain this extends from policy level restrictions of …

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