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NICE to rework public health guidance

The government has asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop new clinical and public health guidance.

The technology appraisal programme includes topics such as new and emerging health technologies as well as drugs, devices and procedures.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo said: "This work programme shows the government's continued commitment to ensuring that NICE tackles a wide range of issues that are important to the NHS and important to patients and carers.

"NICE is being asked to produce guidance on severe mental illness in conjunction with substance misuse. We have also asked NICE to develop joint public health and clinical guidance on alcohol use disorders that will not only cover prevention and early identification but also initial management.

"As part of its technology appraisal programme, NICE will produce guidance on a number of new cancer drugs and a new drug for the treatment of venous thromboembolism."

Department of Health