postcode prescribing


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postcode prescribing

Variations in the availability of medication depending on where patients live, and which treatments their health board is willing and able to provide.
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"Postcode prescribing has not gone away, and I doubt that it ever will," he said.
A Department of Health spokesman said: 'Further guidance will be issued on Zyban and the Government is also addressing the issue of postcode prescribing.'
This lack of uniformity is said to have led to postcode prescribing of NICE-recommended drugs.
The advantage of having smaller localised organisations to manage the money is that they should be able to provide what local people need as priority services, but a key disadvantage is that it leads to different services getting priority in different areas and accusations of 'postcode prescribing'.
Mr Markham explained that when news of "a new cancer hope" breaks in the media, often before it is widely available to patients, it creates a debate over "postcode prescribing".
Most patients are unable to get access to the latest drugs because of lack of funds and postcode prescribing.
Jeff Hurrell believes he is a victim of "postcode prescribing" and has vowed to fight for new chemotherapy drug Alimta, which is available in other parts of the UK but not Teesside.
Although not everyone who'd benefit from them is getting them as postcode prescribing is still in force in some parts of the country the situation is slowly improving.''
PATIENTS with Alzheimers disease are being denied access to drugs to slow down their condition because of postcode prescribing, says a report out today.
WHEN the Government pledged to eliminate the lottery of "postcode prescribing" and impose uniform rules across the country, it appeared to be a fairer way of dealing with the tricky subject of rationing in the NHS.
Other concerns commonly involve so-called postcode prescribing, ambulance services and A&E services.
Health bosses for the region's strategic health authorities and cancer networks announced last November that all women diagnosed with early breast cancer would be offered a HER2 test, but patients were still victims of "postcode prescribing".