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Online sale of drugs and tests should be better regulated, says Nuffield report

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5710 (Published 12 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5710
  1. Ann McGauran
  1. 1London

Doctors should be trained in how to advise people who search online for health information and to buy drugs, says a new report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

The report says that although online health information and services are convenient to use and extend choice, they could mislead, confuse, or create unnecessary anxiety.

Published on 12 October after a two year inquiry, the report also calls on the government to provide high quality health information on the internet or to ensure that such information is available. Healthcare professionals should draw their patients’ attention to these sites, says the council.

The report recommends that UK organisations such as medical schools, royal colleges, and the General Medical Council should …

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