NICE (Multiple) Technology Appraisal Guidance No 152
The following NICE appraisal have been considered by NHS Quality
Improvement Scotland through its revised procedure of processing of
2. NICE (Multiple) Technology
Appraisal Guidance No 152 – Drug-eluting stents
for the treatment of coronary artery disease (part review of NICE
technology appraisal guidance 71).
Web reference for appraisal and other related
NHSScotland should note that:
1. No important differences were identified for this NICE
appraisal and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland advises that the
recommendations are as valid for Scotland as for England and
2. Drug-eluting stents -
NHSScotland should take account of the NICE Appraisals and this NHS
Quality Improvement Scotland email in its planning, funding and
provision of services to ensure that recommended drugs or
treatments are made available to meet clinical need. National
contracts for these devices have been put in place with the
support of the interventional cardiology community. Further
guidance for NHS Boards to support implementation will be issued
shortly on the National Procurement and NHS QIS websites.
3. NHS Quality Improvement Scotland advice represents the
evidence-based view of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.
4. This advice does not override or replace the individual
responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate
decisions in the circumstances of their individual patients, in
consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
5. Copies of the NICE appraisals can be downloaded from http://www.nice.org.uk/. Also on
the website are tools (a costing template and audit criteria) that
NICE has developed to help organisations to implement this
appraisal. Finally, an easy to read summary of the appraisal,
called "understanding NICE guidance" is published on the NICE
website to provide information for patients and the public.
6. Hard copies of the NICE appraisals are available from NHS
Quality Improvement Scotland (contact Shonagh Buchanan, tel 0141
225 6993 or email email@example.com) and all NICE appraisals
and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland advice are available on the
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland website (http://www.nhshealthquality.org/).
Published Date: 26 November 2008