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End the silence on animal products in drugs

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 05 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f722
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
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“I am sorry, Mr Goldstein, but you are just going to have to eat your bacon for breakfast. The same goes for you Mr Khan. Just pretend it’s something else. If you don’t eat it you’ll never get better, will you?”

It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? We would never dream of being that insensitive to religious preferences—or other personal choices. So it strikes me as really quite odd that when it comes to drugs we actually …

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