Cascade system for getting urgent information to doctors

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7030.578 (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:578

CSM should use email and the Internet

  1. Rank Sullivan
  1. Senior lecturer Department of General Practice, Glasgow University, Glasgow G20 7LR

    EDITOR,—The failure of the first class postal service and the Department of Health's “fax cascade” to prevent another drug scare (the recent scare over the safety of third generation contraceptive pills)1 should prompt the Committee on Safety of Medicines to consider an effective alternative: electronic mail or the Internet. One of the problems described by the committee was its inability to provide the necessary information to general practitioners quickly enough.

    All that general practitioners needed was information on which drugs were involved, …

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