US senators propose institute to evaluate treatments similar to NICE

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 13 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1277
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Two Democratic senators have introduced a bill into the Senate, to establish an institute similar to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which decides which drugs can be prescribed in the NHS in England and Wales. It is called the Comparative Effectiveness Research Act of 2008.

    Max Baucus, of Montana and chairman of the Senate finance committee, and Kent Conrad of North Dakota, chairman of the Senate budget committee, proposed an institute with participants from government, private industry, and the public to identify the most effective treatments. The Institute of Medicine, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, …

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