New Drugs Committee (NDC)

Every medicine submitted to SMC is given initial consideration by the New Drugs Committee (NDC), a scientific sub-group who consider the clinical and economic evidence put forward by a company. The members of NDC are mostly healthcare professionals from area drug therapeutic committees (ADTCs). They make an initial recommendation on whether the medicine should be accepted for use in NHS Scotland or not. This recommendation is then presented at the SMC meeting. If the medicine is end of life, orphan or ultra-orphan and the NDC have not recommended it, then the medicine can be considered at a PACE meeting. The output of the PACE meeting is taken into consideration at the SMC meeting.

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