Views & Reviews Drug Tales and Other Stories


BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 14 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2028
  1. Robin Ferner, director, West Midlands Centre for Adverse Drug Reactions, Birmingham City Hospital
  1. R.E.Ferner{at}

Boundaries cause problems. Thirty years ago, the Royal Navy’s taskforce set sail for the Falkland Islands (or do I mean Las Malvinas) in a boundary dispute. The Iron Lady might have imagined this problem solved, but it seems to be a political issue once again. Then there is the Act of Union 1707 between England and Scotland . . .

The boundary that separates medicines from other products is blurred. It is illegal under the Medicines Act 1968 to make medicinal claims …

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