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DoH seems to have underestimated incidence of venous thromboembolism in users of combined oral contraceptives

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:387
  1. R A Lawrenson, senior lecturer in public health,
  2. A Whalley, research officer,
  3. E Simpson, research officer,
  4. R D T Farmer, professor of public health
  1. European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 5RF

    EDITOR—Mayor reports the Department of Health's change of view on the use of third generation oral contraceptives.1 The department now proposes that women may be prescribed these newer oral contraceptives provided that they are “fully informed.” It is reported that the new package insert will include a statement that the risk of deep venous thrombosis is 15 per 100 000 among women using second generation pills and 25 per 100 000 among users of third generation …

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