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The Ribena girls

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4136
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    Here’s a splendid David and Goliath story about how two 14 year old girls exposed a false claim by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

    Back in 2004 Anna Devathasan and Jenny Suo were doing a school chemistry experiment to measure the amount of vitamin C in foods. They decided to test their cartons of “Ready to Drink” Ribena—and found that, contrary to the manufacturer’s claims, and in contrast with a fresh orange juice …

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