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So.. here's my question... if the NHS: NICE is rationing this drug... can someone in the UK pay out of pocket for it, if they can afford it?
1 posted on 10/27/2010 8:29:13 AM PDT by erikm88
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Does this blow their mantra “help the children”?


2 posted on 10/27/2010 8:31:54 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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The guidance applies to children under the age of 12 but older people are allowed to receive Xolair under other Nice guidance.

Nice will now re-examine the guidance for people over the age of 12 because it was acknowledged that it is best to have uniform guidelines.

Socialism means equality of misery.

3 posted on 10/27/2010 8:34:11 AM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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We have friends in the UK, and they are able to afford private care sometimes. They are able to get drugs from the internet, and they often opt to go that way, because what is prescribed to them, they don’t like or they dont’ feel safe with (imagine that, taking drugs from India or China instead of your own country).

They use a private doctor when they can, but it costs an arm and a leg to go see him, and its cash only, but they feel its worth it, because he speaks English. The first doctor their family was assigned, spoke almost no English, he was what they call asian, which to us is Muslim, I think.

They will tell you, that what used to be a moderate visit to a good doctor, is now x10 the price for a good doctor, under the table, and its hard to get an appointment with them because of overbooking.

They will also tell you that healthcare there really is 2 classes now. Those who are financially stable and well to do, go to their own doctors with cash, and the rest get muzzie doctors and bureaucrat doctors, unless you are lucky (which I guess some people are they say).

Oh, and bribes. If you can’t afford a private doctor, they recommend bringing a few extra bucks with you to slip under the table. It helps grease things along, but not always.

My wife is Hungarian, and she commented that this is what it was like in Hungary before she came here to the US.


4 posted on 10/27/2010 8:43:38 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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I thought only America gouged consumers on drug prices...


5 posted on 10/27/2010 8:45:56 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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Ok, somebody in GB needs to go back to journalism school.

>Although there are over one million children in Britain with asthma, only around 300 of those would qualify for the treatment because of the severity of their condition and that it cannot be controlled with other medications.
The guidance applies to children under the age of 12 but older people are allowed to receive Xolair under other Nice guidance.<

From the Xolair site:

WHO is XOLAIR for?
XOLAIR® (omalizumab) for subcutaneous use is an injectable, prescription medicine for patients ages 12 and older. It is for patients with moderate to severe persistent allergic asthma caused by year-round allergens in the air. A skin or blood test is done to see if you have allergic asthma. XOLAIR is for patients who are not controlled by asthma medicines called inhaled steroids.
XOLAIR helps reduce the number of asthma attacks in people with allergic asthma who still have asthma symptoms even though they are taking inhaled steroids.
Important Limitations of Use
XOLAIR has not been proven to work in other allergic conditions.
XOLAIR is not a rescue medicine and should not be used to treat sudden asthma attacks.

XOLAIR should not be used in children under 12 years of age.


7 posted on 10/27/2010 8:55:14 AM PDT by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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