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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39153.595660.59 (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:588
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin ([email protected])

    Last weekend The Food Magazine published research on over-the-counter medicines for young children (www.foodcomm.org.uk/latest_medicines_Mar07.htm). Its conclusion that some of these treatments contain inappropriate additives has caused understandable anxiety among parents and healthcare professionals. But this has overshadowed wider issues about the content of medicines, particularly those less safe than over-the-counter treatments.

    Every working day, a doctor may unknowingly prescribe dozens of substances. This represents neither incompetence nor carelessness. Far from it: each prescription might be wholly appropriate and accurately documented. Nevertheless, it may still …

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