Fancy drugs for worried folksBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7208.525a (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:525
- George Dunea, attending physician
- Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA
When Mrs Boronowski, aged 67, went to Dr Jingle for her nervous indigestion and multiple allergies, she left his office with a bunch of prescriptions. She was given omeprazole ($4 (£2.50) a tablet), even though belladonna or a bottle of amphojel would have done as well. To calm her shattered nerves she received buspirone ($1.30 a tablet), because diazepam is too common to be effective. For her allergies Dr Jingle prescribed loratidine ($2.20 a tablet), because …
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