Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Appraising medicines: improving but not perfect

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Twenty years ago, the NHS spent around £2.6 billion/year on drugs prescribed in general practice. At that time, DTB hosted a symposium to consider the relationship between drug costs and treatment choices noting that “in a time of severe financial constraints for the NHS it is important that the money available is well spent. In the case of treatment that means the benefits must be worth the cost. There is, however, no agreed way of deciding when a particular health benefit to an individual is worth the cost to the NHS”.1 The symposium concluded that “drug costs …

View Full Text