Surviving the NICE storm
Journalists covering medicine, health care or business are invited to join us for a press event.
Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will meet with British and American reporters to discuss his agency's role in advising the UK's National Health Service on the cost-effectiveness of medical treatments, and some of the subsequent rumbles across the Atlantic.
In this role, he is at the center of a storm over how his young agency reaches its decisions, and indirectly, how the NHS spends its 12 billion pound ($24 billion) annual drug budget. At least one pharmaceutical company has sued the agency, and patients have likewise gone to court to force the government to pay for medicines that NICE has deemed not worth the price. Other companies have responded by proposing discounts or money-back guarantees.
Join us for a discussion, followed by a wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception.
Jan. 10, 2008, 6-9 p.m.
City Gate House
39-45 Finsbury Square
London EC2A 1PQ
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