NPC Archive Item: Getting better value from the NHS drug budget

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 11 January 2011 A BMJ article proposes innovative ways of restructuring healthcare prescribing to get better value for money from the NHS drug budget, and encourages pharmaceutical companies to […]

NPC Archive Item: Consultation on value-based pricing of branded medicines

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 22 December 2010 The Department of Health is consulting on proposals for a new value-based system of pricing medicines which aims to give NHS patients better access to effective and […]

NPC Archive Item: Large MA of lipid lowering treatment supports NICE guidance

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 23 November 2010 A large meta-analysis has confirmed the results of earlier meta-analyses regarding the benefits of standard dose statin therapy on cardiovascular outcomes. It also suggests additional benefits from […]

NPC Archive Item: What’s new on NPC? (November 2010)

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 17 November 2010 We have updated some resources on the therapeutics section of NPC recently — why not take a look? The therapeutics section of the NPC contains materials […]

NPC Archive Item: Some new guidance from NICE

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 8 September 2010 NICE has updated its clinical guidelines for chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It has also issued technology appraisals on the use of various […]

NPC Archive Item: First and second generation antipsychotics in early psychosis – no differences in efficacy or discontinuation rates

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 31 August 2010 This meta-analysis found no significant differences between first generation (typical) antipsychotics (FGAs) and second generation (atypical) antipsychotics (SGAs) with regard to their effects on symptoms or discontinuation rates, […]

NPC Archive Item: Ezetimibe: room for review?

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 16 August 2010 A recent editorial in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin questions whether adding ezetimibe to simvastatin▼* is a cost-effective or outcome-based intervention, and whether the increasing monies being […]

NPC Archive Item: New Insulin safety guidance issued to reduce wrong dosages

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 26 July 2010 Introduction In June 2010, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) issued its Rapid Response Report: Safer administration of insulin,1 which outlines supporting information2 aimed at reducing […]