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Mucolytics useful for COPD, guidelines say

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:486
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Doctors need to be much more aware of the possibility of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly among current and former smokers, new clinical guidelines say.

    Half of the estimated 1.5 million people in the United Kingdom with the disease remain undiagnosed. It is the fifth commonest cause of death in England and Wales, accounting for nearly 28 000 deaths every year.

    The guidelines were developed for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) by the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions, to raise standards of care for …

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