NHS has saved more than £700 million from the annual medicines bill

An NHS-wide campaign has supported patients and doctors to maximise the use of ‘generic’ and best value ‘biologic’ treatments to treat conditions including arthritis and cancer.

A single drug – adalimumab – treatment for arthritis and other diseases, saved £110 million alone thanks to a ‘smart procurement’, after the drug came off patent at the end of 2018.

Previously adalimumab was the individual medicine on which hospitals spend the most, at a cost of more than £400 million a year.

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