National Institute for Clinical Excellence


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National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)

an institute established in the UK in 1999 to carry out appraisals of existing and new health interventions. It was established by the Government in response to criticisms that some of the factors influencing health inequalities arise from variations in the treatments offered to patients due to clinical autonomy, the over-pre scribing or use of expensive but not necessarily cost-effective drugs and restricted access to treatments because of local decisions on budget management (the ‘post-code lottery in health care’ as portrayed by the media). The Institute has the authority to issue clinical guidelines giving best practice advice for whole conditions or patient groups. The Institute is an important element in the drive towards EVIDENCE SUPPORTED HEALTH CARE, in that by providing information on the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and existing treatments it will support standards of best practice in health care and play a role in the licensing of new treatments. The first treatments examined were the anti-flu drug Ralenza, hip-replacement prostheses and the value of routine extraction of (non-symptomatic) wisdom teeth. see also SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.
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Last year the National Institute for Clinical Excellence threatened to withdraw Xolair because it was costing the NHS too much.
THE NATIONAL Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidance recommending Lucentis as a treatment option for visual impairment caused by diabetic macular oedema (DMO).
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends that eligible women aged from 23 to 39 be offered three cycles of treatment on the NHS.
Dr David Hutchon, a retired consultant obstetrician, says in the British Medical Journal that hospitals in the UK are reluctant to change practice and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence advises them not to.
Now the National Institute for Clinical Excellence suggests that the price of foods high in fats should rise.
A fund will be set up to pay for any cancer medicine licensed since 2005 if doctors say their patients need it, even if it has not got approval by NICE - the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
THE National Institute for Clinical Excellence this week launched what can only be described as groundbreaking guidance in the fight against deep vein thrombosis.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence guideline on Parkinson's has been in place for over three years, yet on July 8 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Parkinson's disease released a report highlighting shocking variations in access to treatment and services across the country.
He hopes NHS strategic health authorities, responsible for spending money on treatment and deep cleans, would pay for XF-73 if approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has said women must lay off drink, at the very least during the first three months of their pregnancy.
An appeal against the NHS support for Alimta will be heard by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on November 23.
But, according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK, patients receiving osteoporosis treatment must also take calcium supplements if their dietary calcium intake is inadequate.

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