Unsafe drugs recalled in the United States . . . and other stories

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3660 (Published 07 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3660

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Drug recalls in United States

“Unsafe drugs were prescribed more than one hundred million times in the United States before being recalled” is a title that gives a pretty clear message (Int J Health Services doi:10.1177/0020731416654662). The authors looked at 17 drugs that were approved and then withdrawn in the US between 1993 and 2010, and extrapolated the number of times they were prescribed during that period using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Nine of these drugs were prescribed more than one million times before their market withdrawal.

Changing sick notes

A study based on 68 British general practices over the course of a year found that when GPs wrote more than one sickness certificate for the same …

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