Change in NHS regulations may have caused increase in malaria

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7146.1746a (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1746
  1. P Badrinath, Specialist registrar in public health,
  2. O O Ejidokun, Specialist registrar in public health,
  3. N Barnes, Pharmaceutical adviser,
  4. S Ramaiah, Director of public health (ramaiah.s@hsrc.org.uk)
  1. Walsall Health Authority, Walsall WS1 1TE

    —EDITOR— The regulations for prescribing malaria prophylaxis within the NHS were modified in February1995 to allow general practitioners to charge patients for prescribing these drugs when they were to be used during travel abroad.1 It was suggested that the cost to travellers of chemoprophylaxis against malaria might prevent them taking any, or the most appropriate, drug, which could lead to an increase in malaria in Britain.2 Another report found that over a third of cases of malaria in Britain occur in immigrants from endemic areas who travel abroad to visit friends and relatives; …

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