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How much will Herceptin really cost?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1219

Summary of other responses

  1. Birte Twisselmann, assistant editor, web
  1. 1BMJ

    The 19 responses to the article by Barrett et al express concerns about the independence of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), its remit, and its role in relation to primary care trusts.1

    People are divided on whether NICE should decide which services to cut to fund new technologies (opportunity costs). But without an implementing body it is unclear how to react to NICE's recommendations. NICE's remit is not the equitable distribution of a limited healthcare …

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