BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39317.364942.AD1 (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:456

Autumn seems to have replaced summer this year, at least in the United Kingdom, and the BMJ is already gearing up for Christmas. If you have any contributions that you think will be suitable for the usual melee of wit and verve in our Christmas issue, please submit them by 30 September through Benchpress, our electronic submission process (http://submit.bmj.com).

Patients with chronic heart failure are often undertreated. Analysis of drugs dispensed to people in Denmark over more than 10 years showed that patients who didn't start treatment within three months of being discharged from hospital were unlikely to subsequently start, and patients who do start taking the drugs usually take doses that are only half of the target. Short breaks from drugs were common but didn't deter people from restarting. Non-persistence with renin-angiotensin inhibitors, β blockers, and statins was associated with greater risk of death (Circulation 2007;116:737-44 doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.106.669101).

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