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Faster access to new medicines agreed in deal with industry

 

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Faster access to new medicines agreed in deal with industry

Patients could access new medicines up to six months earlier in a deal expected to save the NHS around £930 million next year.

The government and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have agreed the outline terms of a deal enabling the NHS to get the best value and most effective medicines into use more quickly.

The voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access is expected to come into effect from January 2019 after the final details have been finalised.