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NICE Alzheimer’s decision a triumph for scientific reason

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The publication by the UK health technology assessment body NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) of draft guidance recommending the use of three acetylcholinesterase inhibitors in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, and an NMDA antagonist in patients with more advanced disease, has been widely welcomed as a “courageous decision” and as a “U-turn” on its previous guidance (scripintelligence.com, 7 October 2010).

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