Glucosamine and chondroitin may help in osteoarthritis

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.673 (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:673
  1. Karen Walker-Bone (kwb@mrc.soton.ac.uk), clinical research fellow in rheumatology,
  2. Kassim Javid, senior house officer in rheumatology,
  3. Nigel Arden, senior lecturer in rheumatology,
  4. Cyrus Cooper, professor of rheumatology
  1. Medical Research Council Unit, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD

    EDITOR—Several recent lay publications enthusiastically promote the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin preparations in osteoarthritis.1 This has led to a surge of interest among patients and spectacular success in the marketplace; sales in the United States approach $1bn. The medical community has been reluctant to endorse these products, principally …

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