Study's conclusion is unwarranted

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.56 (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:56
  1. Morris Bernadt,
  2. Rachel Hammill
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Senior house officer Farnborough Hospital, Orpington, Kent BR6 8ND

    EDITOR,--We believe that one of the key messages in the paper by John A Henry and colleagues is misleading: it states that “deaths from overdose can be prevented by switching prescribing from older, tricyclic drugs; such a move may contribute to government targets for reducing suicide.”1 The same point is made in the last paragraph of the paper. The flaw is to equate the prevention of fatal poisoning with that …

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