Drug-eluting stents are recommended as a possible treatment for people with coronary artery disease only if:

  • the artery to be treated is less than 3 mm in diameter or the affected section of the artery is longer than 15 mm, and
  • the additional cost of the drug-eluting stents over bare-metal stents is £300 or less.

This guidance replaces sections 1.2-1.4 of NICE technology appraisal guidance 71 (2003).

Additional funding information for this guidance can be found on the Department of Health website.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.

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