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Nicholson acts to ensure that trusts and CCGs do not blacklist drugs approved by NICE

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5465
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The Department of Health for England is taking action against cash strapped primary care trusts that blacklist expensive drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and thereby create a “postcode lottery.”

The NHS chief executive, David Nicholson, has told primary care trust clusters and the clinical commissioning groups that will replace them that they must publish, by 1 April 2013, details of which NICE recommended drugs are included in their formularies.

This information must be published online in a clear and simple format that can be easily understood by patients. And from April 2013 …

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