Doctors should take warning seriously

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7020.1638b (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1638
  1. Christine Watson
  1. Senior lecturer in family planning and reproductive health care Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, London SE1 7EH

    EDITOR,--I wish to challenge John Guillebaud's editorial1 on the recent warning by the Committee on Safety of Medicines about combined oral contraceptives containing gestodene and desogestrel.2 Some family planning doctors will not agree with his views on a continued role for preparations that seem to double the risk of venous thromboembolism for current users compared with users of low dose monophasic oral contraceptives containing levonorgestrel and norethisterone. There is …

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