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More information needed on risks of over the counter drugs

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1410
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    Health professionals and patients need education programmes to manage the risks associated with over the counter drugs in the United Kingdom, a report from the BMA has warned. Over-the-Counter Medication, by the BMA's Board of Science, highlights the increased switching of more potent medicines from prescription only to pharmacy drugs. Headaches are the most popular ailment for which people choose to treat themselves, with 80% of people opting for over the counter drugs. Heartburn, migraine, period pain, coughs, colds, and acid stomach are also commonly treated with non-prescription drugs.

    The trend towards greater …

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