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NICE ban heart drug

27th January 2010

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has decided that a type of heart medication used to treat abnormal heartbeats is not 'cost effective'.

Cardiologists have composed an open letter to NICE in protest, saying that the drug, dronedarone, could help 40,000 people with the condition. They wrote: "The draft guidance is a shocking decision, based on cost saving and will be extremely detrimental to many patients with AF, their carers and their medical professionals - all of whom had looked to this innovative treatment as a chance to restore long-term health and improve quality of life for appropriate-patients."

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