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    Should patent costs burden patients?

    Dear Editor,

    Harris raises important concerns about NICE’s QALY methodology. The rational for rationing treatments is opportunity cost; the alternative better uses of scarce resources. If opportunity cost is king, why does NICE not examine the opportunity cost of drugs, the resources (factor costs) taken to manufacture them, i.e. the ex patent costs rather than the supplier price, in its calculations, certainly wit...

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