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Unauthorised practices

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1459
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    The spouse who borrowed her husband's pills to treat her blood pressure was clearly taking a risk. But when many patients cannot afford a drug bill of over $500 (£271; €397) a month and may depend on drug samples, issues such as using drugs beyond their official expiry date become increasingly relevant. Though strictly speaking unauthorised, it has long been a common practice among doctors, as shown by the daughter of …

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