Forces on prescribing

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0

The forces that decide whether a doctor will prescribe emerge as the theme of this issue. The first piece of evidence comes from a systematic review that examines the common belief that paracetamol combined with dextropropoxyphene is a better analgesic than paracetamol alone (p 1565). Combination products account for three quarters of all paracetamol issues in British teaching hospitals, and the authors of the review quote a Lancet letter which praised combination treatment. “Cynics would point out,” write the review authors, “that similar claims can be made for …

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