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Letters Reflections on testosterone

Marketing, not evidence based arguments, has probably increased testosterone prescribing

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 17 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6905
  1. Javier Gorricho, primary care pharmacist 1,
  2. Enrique Gavilán, family physician2,
  3. Juan Gérvas, MD3
  1. 1Drug Prescribing Service Navarre Health Service, Pza de la Paz s/n 31012, Pamplona, Spain
  2. 2Servicio Extremeño de Salud, La Salud, Spain
  3. 3Equipo CESCA, Madrid and Department of International Health, National School of Public Health, Madrid, Spain
  1. jgorricm{at}

We strongly disagree with the British Society for Sexual Medicine’s “reflections” on testosterone.1

Firstly, there is no consistent evidence that hormone replacement provides clear health or patient oriented benefits in most men with low testosterone values. The Endocrine Society therefore recommends …

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