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Letters Reducing wasteful drug prescriptions

It’s time to fund health and social care properly

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 18 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4298
  1. John W Puntis, consultant paediatrician
  1. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  1. john.puntis{at}

Majeed correctly points out that restrictions on prescribing and reduced availability of drug treatments on the NHS, as well as stopping prescription of gluten free food products for patients with celiac disease, might have unforeseen negative consequences, particularly in vulnerable groups such as children.12 These might increase healthcare costs in …

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