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Fancy drugs for worried folks

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:525
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    When Mrs Boronowski, aged 67, went to Dr Jingle for her nervous indigestion and multiple allergies, she left his office with a bunch of prescriptions. She was given omeprazole ($4 (£2.50) a tablet), even though belladonna or a bottle of amphojel would have done as well. To calm her shattered nerves she received buspirone ($1.30 a tablet), because diazepam is too common to be effective. For her allergies Dr Jingle prescribed loratidine ($2.20 a tablet), because …

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