BIS experiment dismisses internationally excellent research

David Willetts, minister of science, yesterday confirmed on the Today programme that the science budget will be cut. Although I don’t agree with this policy, I was not surprised. The decision has been widely trailed, with most university departments quietly bracing themselves for this outcome.

Roche vs NICE: NICE right not to take up Avastin

Once again NICE, the NHS rationing ‘quango’, has been in the news with its decision not to recommend the Roche manufactured drug Avastin for metastatic bowel cancer. The roots of the decision and the history between Roche and NICE go back a bit further though.