postcode prescribing


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postcode prescribing

n
(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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In order to create a more uniform approach to the practise of postcode prescribing, as some NHS regions are more likely to use these drugs more often than others, the Department of Health has asked NICE to review these drugs and produce guidance on their use.
is And he warned that handing pounds 80billion of NHS spending to GPs could see a return to what he called "postcode prescribing".
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.
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.
The 57-year-old, who believes he is a victim of "postcode prescribing" today welcomed his fellow cancer sufferer's victory against Somerset Coast PCT.
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.
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferer Shirley Caldwell yesterday hit out at the "postcode prescribing" that is denying her treatment with the drug Infliximab.