Medtech Worried After UK HTA Body Moots Pharma Guidance Fees
The UK health technology assessment body, NICE, has received its first reactions from a medtech industry association to proposals to raise fees from its program of pharma guidance. If, when or how quickly the medtech sector is fully impacted is a matter of concern across the SME-based industry.
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