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Provider, patient and public benefits from a NICE appraisal of bevacizumab (Avastin)
  1. Catherine Rhodes,
  2. John Harris,
  3. John Sulston,
  4. Catherine Spanswick
  1. University of Manchester, Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catherine Rhodes, Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, School of Law, Williamson Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK; catherine.rhodes-2{at}


There are several good reasons for the UK Department of Health to recommend the appraisal of bevacizumab for the treatment of eye conditions by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. These reasons will extend to other drugs when similar situations arise in the future.

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  • drugs and drug industry
  • international affairs

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