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With great interest we read your comment on EMA recommendation on hydroxyethyl starch solutions obscured controversy. In this context it may be of interest for the readers of the BMJ that the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine has sent an open letter to the European Commisson to this topic: