GPs' rate of recommending over the counter drugs varies

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7049.115b (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:115
  1. Colin Bradley,
  2. Joyce Kenkre,
  3. Rosalind Tobias,
  4. Dawood Dassu,
  5. Amjid Riaz
  1. Senior lecturer Project officer Research associate Research associate, statistician Clinical research fellow Department of General Practice, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

    EDITOR,—In recent years the number and range of drugs available over the counter has increased dramatically. Limited evidence suggests that the general public may respond to this by increasing self treatment.1 2 Much less evidence exists, however, about how doctors are responding to the new scenario created by the deregulation of many medicines. It has been suggested that doctors ought at least to start making more systematic inquiries about patients' prior use of over the counter drugS.3 …

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