Letters New uses for existing drugs

Reporting unexpected benefit through the yellow card system

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2602 (Published 07 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2602
  1. Anne Appleton, independent pharmaceutical physician1
  1. 1Appleton Medical, Weybridge KT13 9EE, UK
  1. anne{at}appletonmedical.co.uk

Borges proposes that adverse event reports could be used to detect unexpected uses for existing drugs to avoid laborious and costly development from scratch.1 Indeed, reporting …

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