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A good week for drugs

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 08 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:0

Despite—or perhaps because of—the profusion of advertisements in the BMJ the journal has a sceptical tone about drugs. There are no panaceas. Side effects are common. Costs are sometimes high. The original magic bullets, antibiotics, are overused and losing their effectiveness. So it is pleasing that, without any planning, this week's journal is positive about drugs.

Bupropion is the first new pharmacological treatment for smokers for 20 years (p 65). It was originally developed as an antidepressant, and how it stops people smoking is not understood. Advice …

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