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Quality of UK consumer health tests to be scrutinised

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1205
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Concerns that consumer health tests offered by UK retail outlets fail to meet quality standards routinely used in NHS laboratories have prompted calls for regulations to be tightened to guarantee public safety.

    The move follows a small amount of anecdotal evidence on cholesterol testing submitted to the Royal College of Pathologists and the National Patient Safety Agency amid fears that this might signal a wider problem.

    Cholesterol testing has joined the range of point of sale tests, since the government made the cholesterol lowering drug simvastatin available over the counter in England and Wales …

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