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“Polypill” to fight cardiovascular disease: Now who's playing God?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:807
  1. Steve Taylor (, partner,
  2. Angela Konings, partner
  1. Sunset Road Family Doctors, 14/326 Sunset Rd, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 1310, New Zealand

    EDITOR—The implications of Wald and Law's paper are truly monumental.1 Although they are scientifically brilliant and Nobelian in their relevance, they are simultaneously unsettling and alarming.

    The impact of such a low cost initiative on individual and population based health parameters is potentially enormous. But having, at a stroke (to coin a phrase), slashed the risk of cardiovascular disease—what then …

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