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Alzheimer Drugs/NICE

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Stephen Ladyman that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should look again at the decision on Alzheimer drugs, the PMOS replied that it was important to get the facts straight. NICE launched a consultation on the guidance two weeks ago, and that consultation period ended later this month. Everyone was entitled to put in views, and as part of that, the Department of Health asked NICE if the wider social implications of not approving the drugs use had been fully taken into account. It was a matter for NICE to reach its own decision, and not Government ministers, and that was what was happening. It was the right thing to do to ask NICE to take into account the benefits to carers, as well as patients of these drugs.

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Mr Ladyman about why people were "baffled" by the proposal, the PMOS said it was important that when a decision was reached, that there was a full explanation. It was right that if there were degrees of concern, that they were reflected upon by NICE. The PMOS said again that NICE would make its own decision.

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  1. A disgraceful decision my Dad has Alzheimers his treatment is an Anti agitation drug called Quietapine, this is all he has ever been offered although his mental state is rapidly declining.
    Online petiton here : Please sign if you agree:<a href="http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/alzheimerdrugs/">http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/alzheimerdrugs/</a&gt;

    Comment by Mark Carter — 13 Jan 2007 on 1:24 pm | Link

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