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Statin prescribing fell after drug became available over the counter

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7568.569-c (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:569
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The number of GPs' prescriptions of statins fell by 10% in the United Kingdom after low dose simvastatin was made available over the counter in August 2004.


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    Around 600 000 fewer statin prescriptions were issued in the second quarter of 2005 after the switch than would have been predicted by the previous trend, says a paper that assessed the effect of the policy change.

    The authors of the paper, which was published online ahead of print publication on 5 September in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (www3.interscience.wiley.com; doi: 10.1002/pds.1314), say that …

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