NICE stands for The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and is responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health
It is an independent organisation. It was set up in 1999 to evaluate medications, treatments and procedures and decide whether they should be available on the NHS in England and Wales. It is important to remember that Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate organisations to make these decisions.
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NICE issues correction for anticoagulant and antidepressant drug interaction recommendations
Specifically, a correction was made to the table of drug interactions in Appendix 16, page 366. For conditions requiring anticoagulation, mirtazapine has been moved from the ‘Antidepressants to avoid or use with caution’ column to the ‘Antidepressants recommended’ column.
Keep updated on guidance in development.
NICE NEWS UPDATES
24 September 2014: Nice issues guidance on self-monitoring for people on long-term warfarin therapy
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence releases diagnostics guidance on two new devices to support self-testing for NHS use.
NICE Implementation Collaborative: Consensus: Supporting local implementation of NICE guidance on use of the novel (non-Vitamin K antagonist) oral anticoagulants in non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
NICE Clinical Guideline CG180: The management of atrial fibrillation. This updates the NICE 2006 guidelines on AF and places patient choice as a priority.
April 2014 social care update
Welcome to the sixth issue of NICE’s Social Care Stakeholder Update: a bulletin for registered stakeholders to keep you up to date with progress on our social care work and outline ways you can get involved.