Chickenpox and steroid cards

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7046.1608a (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1608

Patients need information

  1. David Calland,
  2. Nicholas Scriven
  1. Drug information manager Medical registrar King's Mill Centre, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 4JL

    EDITOR,—We agree with M D Feher and colleagues that there is a need to reinforce verbal advice regarding the potential risk of the development of severe chickenpox in patients taking oral corticosteroids who do not have a previous positive history of chickenpox.1

    We recruited 121 consecutive patients (65 men, 56 women, age range 26-93 years) either through outpatient medical clinics or before discharge from the medical wards at our centre. All …

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