Medicines management ‘rationalised’ to cut pharma influence

Renaud-Komiya, N. HSJ. Published online: 31st March 2016

  • NHS England plan to create four regional medicines management committees to ‘rationalise’ evaluation and industry’s influence on buying decisions
  • Agency promises more robust measures to force CCGs to disclose gifts and hospitality given to all their staff

NHS England is to create four regional committees to “rationalise” medicines evaluation in an attempt to reduce the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on commissioners’ spending and prescribing decisions.

These committees will ensure that medicines evaluation will be done only once nationally and the work then is then shared across the NHS.

The national body has also outlined proposals to make clinical commissioning groups “promptly” declare gifts and hospitality given to all their staff and produce a publicly available register of these gifts.

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