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Doctors prescribe more drugs recommended by NICE than predicted

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3737
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    The influence of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) across the NHS is widespread with seven out of 12 drugs appraised by the agency being used at higher rates than previously forecast, a study from the NHS Information Centre has found.

    According to Joe Collier, former adviser to the Commons Health Select Committee’s 2006 report on the role of NICE the findings are welcome.

    “The Health Select Committee report recommended that NICE do more to extend their influence and these figures show for the first time that they have done that. This is an attractive change,” he said.

    Out of a range of drugs covering 13 NICE technology appraisals the report showed that …

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