postcode prescribing


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postcode prescribing

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(Medicine) Brit the practice of prescribing more or less expensive and effective medical treatments to patients depending on where they live in a country, and which treatments their health board is willing and able to provide
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POSTCODE prescribing is set to hound the NHS as long as primary care trusts are bombarded with numerous guidelines and initiatives, according to a Midland academic.
I don't think we'll ever see an end to postcode prescribing as I don't believe health authorities or PCTs are that well regimented to fully eradicate it.
A spokeswoman for Nice said: "Prior to Nice being set up in 1999, there was postcode prescribing where local NHS made the decisions.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which is the Government's drug rationing body, still has to approve the drug for widespread use on the NHS to avoid postcode prescribing.
When the first two drugs, infliximab and etanercept, were licensed in 2000 they were subject to postcode prescribing, with many hospitals and primary care trusts refusing to fund them until they had been approved by National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
Our country is blighted by anti-social behaviour and we have the most overworked courts in Europe, NHS waiting lists and postcode prescribing.
ATTEMPTS to end postcode prescribing are being undermined by Government changes to the way cancer services are funded and run in England, a group of MPs said today.
A Department of Health spokesman said: 'Further guidance will be issued on Zyban and the Government is also addressing the issue of postcode prescribing.
I hope that as a result, postcode prescribing and lengthy delays in approving eligible patients for the treatment will be eradicated.
This advice helps NHS Scotland plan the rapid introduction of beneficial treatments and over time, will help to reduce postcode prescribing.
Most patients are unable to get access to the latest drugs because of lack of funds and postcode prescribing.
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.