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Letters Industry sponsored bias

NICE may be biased too

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d474
  1. Martin J Toal, pharmaceutical physician1
  1. 1Abingdon OX14 4RY, UK
  1. martin.toal{at}

John-Baptiste and Bell characterise the purported differences in health economic analyses as an industry driven bias.1 No consideration is given to the possibility that National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraisals are biased in the other direction.

Most people involved in health economics know that analyses ultimately boil down to two main considerations—the data selected for input to the …

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