Letters Overprescribing PPIs

An old problem

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39458.462338.3A (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:109
  1. A Breck McKay, family physician,
  2. Daryl Wall, director of surgery
  1. 1PO Box 144, Carina, Qld 4152, Australia
  2. 2Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba, Qld 4102
  1. mckay{at}bigpond.net.au

    Forgacs and Loganayagam described the problem of overprescribing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).1 In June 2002 we wrote to many journals—and were ignored—about long term side effects being identified in general practice and surgery patients, with the then extensive, long term use of PPIs. At the time we shared an increasing number of patients with dependence on PPIs who experienced acute, severe gastritis and …

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