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Letters Animal products in medicine

Formularies should list animal derived excipients of drugs

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5230
  1. Jamie S McConnell, orthopaedic registrar1,
  2. Jyoti Josson, general practitioner2
  1. 1Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore HA7 4LP, UK
  2. 2London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  1. jamiemcc{at}

Shiwani reminds us that patients are not always aware that surgical implants may originate from animal tissue.1 Doctors may also be unaware that they are prescribing …

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