This reduction in risk is deemed worth while in other circumstances

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.846b (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:846
  1. Paul Blenkiron
  1. Registrar in psychiatry Bootham Park Hospital, Bootham, York YO3 7BY

    EDITOR,—In their editorial N Maiden and R Madhok discuss the prophylactic use of misoprostol in patients over 65 who are taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.1 They conclude that 493 patients would need to be treated to prevent one gastrointestinal complication (defined as perforation or gastric outlet obstruction). Despite acknowledging the potential deaths arising from such events they do …

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