“Polypill” to fight cardiovascular disease: Universal polypharmacy goes against recent beliefs in prescribing practice

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7418.807-b (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:807
  1. Mark Powlson (powlson7@aol.com), managing editor Prescribers' Journal
  1. Bedford MK41 7DY

    EDITOR—Your advocacy of universal polypharmacy—as evidenced by the paper by Wald and Law1—is somewhat against recent beliefs in prescribing practice. Has there been sufficient emphasis on the fact that the proposal is a theoretical construct (admittedly enticing), based on extrapolation of data from many disparate studies, rather than on a trial itself? Indeed, why bother with new trials …

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