On 7 January 2015, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued a draft clinical practice guideline on the management of type 2 diabetes by the NHS in England and Wales.
The ABPI agreed overall with many elements of the draft guideline including the need for patient-centred care; the importance of weight loss and dietary management; and recognition of the detrimental impact of hypoglycaemia on patients’ quality of life. However, we shared the concerns of the diabetes community that the section on ‘Blood Glucose Management’ was fundamentally flawed.
On 21 April 2015 NICE acknowledged that it had received extensive responses from registered stakeholders and had made substantial changes to the draft recommendations. On 26 June 2015 NICE opened a second consultation on recommendations for the pharmacological management of blood glucose in adults with type 2 diabetes.
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) would like to thank the guideline development group (GDG) for a second opportunity to respond to the draft NICE Type 2 diabetes guidelines. The overwhelming response from stakeholders, including the ABPI, illustrates how important this guideline is to the complexities of managing people living with type 2 diabetes.
The ABPI acknowledges that there have been many welcome improvements to the draft guideline. However the ABPI still believes that the draft guideline is still missing the opportunity to support an individualised approach to treating diabetes.
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