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UK debate over β-interferon prescribing continues


T he licensing of β-interferons for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has created a dilemma for the UK National Health Service (NHS). There is now a therapy available for a disease where management has traditionally been limited to symptomatic treaments; however, it comes with a large price tag attached. At a time when rationing is becoming a reality in the NHS, how has the issue of β-interferon prescribing been handled and how are patients with MS faring? Delegates at a recent British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians meeting* heard from representatives of 2 parties involved in this debate - the pharmaceutical industry and patients.

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* ‘Is the pharmaceutical industry providing the NHS with medicines it can afford?’ [London, UK; 31 March 1999]

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Wright, T. UK debate over β-interferon prescribing continues. Pharmacoecon. Outcomes News 217, 3–5 (1999).

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