Letters Vitamin D minefield

The dark truth about vitamin D licensing: food or drug?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2825 (Published 22 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2825
  1. Neil Hill, specialist registrar in diabetes and endocrinology1,
  2. Karim Meeran, professor of endocrinology1
  1. 1Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Charing Cross Hospital, London W6 8RF, UK
  1. neilhill{at}doctors.org.uk

The false reassurance of a “protective” tablet of vitamin D suggested by Welsh and Sattar is made worse by the availability of licensed preparations.1 Doctors should prescribe vitamin D only when there is evidence of benefit. Until recently, the only preparations of vitamin D available included large amounts of calcium or were manufactured as nutritional supplements. Recently, the Medicines and Healthcare …

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