The meeting lasted 45 minutes and it was reassuring to know that the Institute in general, and the Director and his colleagues in particular, are fully aware of the problems with the way in which the B12 status of patients is assessed and the severe limitations of the assay used to diagnose any deficiency as being caused by Pernicious Anaemia.
Members of this society can be assured that these issues are now firmly on the agenda for possible future investigation by NICE. But don’t expect anything soon; any set of guidelines will take at least three years to develop (at a cost of around £750,000).
The society’s offer of help in any way was warmly received and so we fully hope to be involved in any Guideline developments in the future. We will keep you posted of course of any developments!