NHS challenged over new treatments

7 December 2015

An article for the BBC reports that The Academy of Medical Sciences says the NHS must prepare for much greater use of personalised medicine to prevent rather than merely treat disease. In response to the Academy’s recommendation, Senior Tutor and Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine Carl Heneghan, said the focus with disease prevention should be on issues such as physical activity, smoking and diet: “What we have to do is look at clear lifestyle risk factors. The future of healthcare is a healthier lifestyle. Only in certain diseases such as cancer will we find personalised treatments are effective.” He also called for an independent organisation to ensure that the pharmaceutical industry did not have too much influence on the development and promotion of new drugs. Read the full article.