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Those with private medical cover to get new drugs sooner than NHS patients?

Published on 02/12/2010
Those with private medical cover could have access to new medicines sooner than people going through the NHS due to a change in the way the health service procures drugs.

A leading drug company has warned that planned NHS reforms could lead to increased bureaucracy and cost for pharmaceutical firms and so delay new drugs being made available on the health service.

Under the reforms, 'value-based pricing' would be introduced whereby companies would be paid for drugs according to the benefit to patients and other factors such as whether the medicine is innovative or particularly effective.

Furthermore, GPs are to be given greater power in procuring drugs, leading to fears that dealing with a large number of different GP consortia will cost drug firms far more time and money than the current system.

Now, it has been revealed that Eli Lilly, one of the biggest providers of drugs to the NHS, warned the government in a meeting earlier this year that the changes may lead to delays in introducing drugs, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Rick Ascroft, director of corporate affairs at Lilly UK, who attended the meeting, told the news provider: "Just by having a price negotiation it could lead to delays in access versus the current approach.

"While the goal of the system is to improve access, at least up front it may actually do the opposite."
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