Outdated drugs may be useful

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.51 (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:51
  1. John Sandford-Smith, emeritus consultant ophthalmologist (jsandfordsmith@compuserve.com)
  1. Leicester LE2 2PE

    EDITOR—The personal view by Woolrich-Burt about her work in Nepal highlighted many of the problems of trying to provide healthcare in poor countries.1 Examples include the inappropriate medicines that may be donated and freighted out at considerable cost, the precious money wasted on multiple consultations, and the belief that the more medicines swallowed the more effective the cure.

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