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Balancing benefits and harms in health care: Technology to collect and share information about harms already exists

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:457
  1. Paul L Cervi, consultant haematologist (
  1. Basildon Hospital, Essex SS16 5NL

    EDITOR—The theme issue on balancing benefits and harms in health care highlighted the need to create better systems to detect and share information about adverse events associated with newly licensed drugs or drugs used off licence or for indications not supported by evidence from clinical trials.1 2 3

    A new project, CICERO (, proposes to create …

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