Process and methods
Every 'Evidence summaries: new medicine' (ESNM) states the date of its publication. The literature search (section 5.5) is repeated every year to check if relevant new evidence has been published. In addition, whether or not to update published ESNMs is considered on a continuing basis by the Medicines and Prescribing Centre at NICE, in the light of its current awareness activities (see Medicines and Prescribing Alerts on the NICE website). Examples of circumstances when an update or withdrawal of an ESNM might be required include:
new information or data becoming available that materially affects the efficacy or safety information within the ESNM
NICE publishing a technology appraisal that provides guidance on the use of the medicine in the stated indication.