April 19, 2006

PARCELLING OUT RATIONS:

NHS can't afford drug that transforms lives (Nigel Hawkes and David Charter, 4/19/06, Times of London)

A ROW over a “breakthrough” treatment for diabetes broke out yesterday as it was rejected for NHS use by the Government’s drug watchdog on the grounds that it was not cost effective.

The new product, insulin that is inhaled, could transform the lives of sufferers, who have to inject insulin up to five times a day. However, it costs about £500 a year more per patient.

This latest example of “drug rationing” came as Tony Blair insisted that the NHS was not facing disaster despite thousands of job losses and cutbacks in expensive treatments as a result of a financial squeeze.


The first item of the Democrats' Contract would be to give us such a health system.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2006 12:00 AM
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