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Albumin industry launches global promotion

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7234.533 (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:533
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    The plasma products industry has launched a £1.4m ($2.2m) international programme to promote albumin despite recent official advice to restrict its use to very limited indications. Albumin use has declined substantially following publication of a systematic review by the Cochrane Group, which raised serious concerns about the product's use in critically ill patients (BMJ 1998;317:235-40).

    One year after publication of the review, the Committee on Safety of Medicines advised doctors to restrict its use to the treatment of hypovolaemia (BMJ 1999;318:1643). Internal industry documents passed to the BMJ outline an “albumin support” programme aimed at countering the “threats to …

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