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Doctors fail to follow advice in giving tPA

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:666
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    When given by experienced doctors, tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA), a drug known mostly for treatment of heart attacks, can improve the recovery of patients who have had strokes, according to a new study.

    But doctors prescribing tPA often err by giving it to patients without proper indications for the treatment or by failing to give the drug at the right time.

    In the first of two studies, researchers looked at treatment for 3948 stroke patients admitted to hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 1997 to …

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