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NICE work: Nice try

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1394
  1. Sam Shuster (, emeritus professor of dermatology
  1. University of East Anglia Medical School, Norwich

    EDITOR—The reviews of NICE's (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) work1 and its frustrations2 miss the point: NICE has failed the objective of having “a leading role in healthcare priorities” because it cannot do otherwise.

    The evidence of failure is bioeconomic: because new drugs risk physical and financial harm, recently shown …

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