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Medicine compliance aids are partial solution, not panacea

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1338
  1. D K Raynor, professor of pharmacy practice, medicines, and their users (,
  2. J M Nunney, visiting research associate
  1. Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Management Group, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9UT

    EDITOR—With reference to the news article by MacDonald on prescription charges for elderly people,1 multicompartment compliance aids are widely regarded as a panacea for people living at home who have problems with their medicines. Their use is, however, not evidence based, with practice largely based on the needs of professionals and carers, rather than the patients themselves. The response to moves to charge for the supply of such aids has largely been based on the assumption that …

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