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Declared competing interests of the authors: In the past, Anne Armstrong has received consultancy fees, reimbursement for attending a conference and hospitality at a conference, from Roche. The North West Medicines Information Centre, where Helen Davis is the Assistant Director, has received a consultancy fee from GlaxoSmithKline in the past for participation in a group discussing various mechanisms for managing NHS medicines budgets.
The research reported in this issue of the journal was commissioned and funded by the HTA programme on behalf of NICE as project number 09/101/01. The protocol was agreed in February 2010. The assessment report began editorial review in September 2010 and was accepted for publication in January 2011. The authors have been wholly responsible for all data collection, analysis and interpretation, and for writing up their work. The HTA editors and publisher have tried to ensure the accuracy of the authors' report and would like to thank the referees for their constructive comments on the draft document. However, they do not accept liability for damages or losses arising from material published in this report.
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