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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This lack of uniformity is said to have led to postcode prescribing of NICE-recommended drugs.
PATIENTS with Alzheimer's disease are being denied access to drugs to slow down their condition because of postcode prescribing, says a report out today.
Other concerns commonly involve so-called postcode prescribing, ambulance services and A&E services.
That should stop postcode prescribing, where drugs are available in one PCT area, but not in neighbouring PCTs.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which is the Government's drug rationing body, will have to approve the drug for widespread use on the NHS to avoid postcode prescribing in the region.
So-called postcode prescribing has been condemned by critics who say the creation of Nice was supposed to eliminate such practices.
PATIENTS with Alzheimers disease are being denied access to drugs to slow down their condition because of postcode prescribing, says a report out today.
Hopefully, the guidelines will now see an end to postcode prescribing caused by facilities which vary across the country.
The Tories plan to scrap all our national standards, going back to the bad old days of longer waits in A&E, months on waiting lists, postcode prescribing.
Mr Barnes, assistant director for clinical effectiveness for BBCHA, said: 'This rhetoric of ending postcode prescribing is in reality much more difficult to achieve than it looks on paper.
Postcode prescribing of cancer drugs was branded "unacceptable" and "unfair" by the Government yesterday.
The news comes as Health Secretary John Reid ordered action to end the postcode prescribing that denies thousands of cancer patients drugs because of where they live.