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Effective probiotic treatment is rarely cheap

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1272
  1. Simon D McLaughlin, research fellow (,
  2. Sue K Clark, consultant colorectal surgeon1,
  3. R John Nicholls, visiting professor2,
  4. Paris P Tekkis, clinical senior lecturer in surgery2,
  5. Paul J Ciclitira, professor3
  1. 1Department of Gastroenterology, St Mark's Hospital, Northwick Park, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ
  2. 2Department of Surgical Oncology and Technology, 10th Floor QEQM Building, St Mary's Hospital, London W1 2NY
  3. 3Department of Gastroenterology, St Thomas' Hospital, London SE1 7EH

    In their review on the safety of probiotics Hammerman et al describe probiotic therapy as both cheap and effective1; we agree that probiotic therapy seems efficacious; however probiotics with proven efficacy in clinical trials cannot …

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