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Evaluation of the incremental cost to the National Health Service of prescribing analogue insulin
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    Cost analysis of prescribing analogue insulin should take into account the bigger picture of diabetes treatment prescribing cost
    • Iskandar Idris, Consultant Diabetologist and Honorary Associate Professor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Bryan Hucknall, Mohamed Roshan, Melanie Davies on behalf of the East Midlands SHA Diabetes QIPP WorkStream steering group

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the article 'Evaluation of the incremental cost to the National Health Service of prescribing analogue insulin'(1). The stated aim of this study was to characterize the pattern of insulin prescriptions dispensed between 2000 and 2009 in UK and to evaluate the financial cost to the National Health Service (NHS) of using analogue insulin instead of its equivalent human insulin p...

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    Letter to the editor

    Dear Editor of BMJ open,

    last week I read the above mentioned article by Holden et al. and I was quite astonished. The authors write (page 5-6) "The purpose of this study was to calculate a monetary value to raise awareness of the cost implications (...) rather than to suggest an exact percentage of patients with diabetes who could be equally well treated with human insulin instead of analogue insulin." In other...

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