The Times Chris Smythe 7th November reports: Deal to freeze prices will allow NHS to use new drugs
“Patients could get new drugs more quickly under a deal which freezes the amount the NHS will pay no matter what doctors prescribe.
Drug companies say the five-year deal will encourage doctors to use new medicines without worrying about the cost, in what the industry says is a “strategic gamble” to change a conservative NHS culture…..”
This appears to be good news, but wait for implementation and over a few years before rejoicing. New drugs are often so expensive that it is tempting to ration, or at the least discourage their use, them until their patent expires..