Asthma: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of prescribing medicines for asthma patients; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have made no such assessment. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is responsible for providing guidance to the National Health Service on the clinical and cost effectiveness of selected drugs and indications through its technology appraisal programme. NICE has published several pieces of technology appraisal guidance covering a number of different technologies for use in the treatment of adults and children with asthma. Further information is available on NICE’s website at:

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