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Take forward the polypill idea, concludes expert committee

BMJ 2004; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7481.8-a (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:8
  1. Richard Smith
  1. Atlanta

    The idea that whole populations might be treated with a polypill made up of several active drugs to prevent heart disease and stroke was generally supported at a meeting of experts organised just before Christmas by the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

    They also gave general agreement that a series of trials would be needed—at least in the United States and Europe—before it would be possible to give the polypill to whole populations without any screening, as was proposed when the idea of the pill was first advanced in the BMJ by Nick Wald and Malcolm Law of London's Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (2003;326:1419).

    The polypill proposed by Professors Wald and Law in their …

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